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July 18, 2011 by Post Team
Highmore Charlie Chocolate, “We live alone, die alone, everything else is an illusion.” He described the vision of a teenage life as a student private school in New York. Nineteen-year-old Freddie Highmore, “August Rush” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” fame, plays George, a self-described misanthrope who does not observe the world around him the way others teenagers do. But he realizes a popular girl named Sally, played by Emma Roberts, niece of Smyrna native Julia Roberts A-lister. After a chance meeting, Sally becomes the catalyst for George to start life living outside his own head.
George is in serious academic problems, because it has refused to make the most of their work in the last entire year. After a warning from the director, played by Blair Underwood (TV’s “The Event”), George has a dilemma: Repent of your slacker ways rooted and get in shape or a blow off and not high school graduate. Meanwhile, George’s mother, played by Rita Wilson, and stepfather, played by Sam Robards, are obviously going through money problems.
George feels so mired in these problems, but even with all the evidence of its exterior, its biggest problem seems to not know what he wants from life. He does not want to invest time in people or at work, because in his mind, is meaningless. Departure accurately diagnosing George Achilles heel: He thinks too much.
In the course of the film, George and Sally become close friends who are clearly attracted to each other, but the line between friendship and something more intimate is confusing at best. Look, walks the streets of the city and casual dining category form the anguish when you cannot say what they want each other.
Enter Dustin, hilariously played by Michael Angarano (“Gentlemen Broncos”), a 20-something artist George is assigned to guide a career day for school. Dustin admired George for his honesty and artistic value and begins a relationship between mentor and protégé. Sally also admires the talent of Dustin, but it becomes a physical attraction.
With all the challenges in their personal lives, school and home, George has to decide what he wants from each side and go after him.
One of the brightest moments of the film is a mini-assembly time after Sally and George have an odd number of Valentine’s Day dinners. George is deep in thought while listening to “Winter Lady” by Leonard Cohen on repeat, it does not sound fun, but it really is. During assembly, there is the growing gap between Sally and George and the beginning of the relationship between Sally and Dustin.
The film is a vehicle breakout of Highmore, who grew up in the limelight after starring in high-profile films as a teenager. British actor displays his skills at all convincing, while pulling an American accent. The film is almost certain to catapult the writer / director Gavin Wiesin whose only writing and / or directing credits include the short 11-minute comedy “Kill the Day”.
The film was written so that the characters walk the tightrope between being real people and hipsters who talk about their problems. Incrediby George is aware of its limitations and does not always seem that he is well; a look of Highmore or neglected Wiesen line could easily be compromised.
Sally Roberts plays convincing enough, but she seems to be everywhere with the way he acts around George and Dustin, it’s hard to say if it was written that way. In addition, some of the characters were written exclusively to advance the plot and have little to do with the central story arc, which can get kind of distracting.
The film is in line with other of-age films like “The Graduate” and “its kind of a funny story,” also starring Roberts. “The art of getting by” has an air of independent film and has several worthwhile moments and others who barely miss the mark. The film was shot in New York, but the way the city used “Nick and Norah Infinite Playlist” or Woody Allen films have. If New York is a character in the film, which is what the filmmakers were definitely going, then one of two dimensions.
“The art of getting by” is a refreshing step away from all the other comic book movies and summer blockbusters. The film has charm and certainly will stand up to other films released by Fox Searchlight, such as “500 Days of summer” and “Juno.”
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