Everyone falls in love with New York the second they set foot in any of the five boroughs something about the city’s charm immediately permeates your being, and you can’t imagine ever being anywhere else. In many ways, The Art of Getting by is a love letter to the Big Apple, but not in the way you’d expect. Instead of your typical Manhattan clichés, the film really focuses on a softer, more personal side of New York, the New York you see every day, walking down the street, filled with characters like George and Sally.
The Art of Getting By is a romantic comedy-drama film starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Robards, Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood. It is the first feature by writer-director Gavin Wiesen. The film premiered under the title Homework at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
About the Story
Believing the quote that you are born alone, die alone and everything else is an illusion, George doesn’t see the point of life, school, or homework. Then he meets Sally and he now has a reason to go to school and make friends, even if he’s not ready to admit to himself or to her that he likes her. The school’s principal and art teacher introduce him to an alumni, and successful artist, Dustin, who can help guide George along life’s path, but other distractions start surfacing, and George might not even be able to graduate from high school.
George (Freddie Highmore) is a fatalistic high school senior who is a gifted artist. He ceases to complete his homework, as he feels that everything seems meaningless. As a result, he is put on academic probation. The next day, George goes up to the school roof and sees Sally (Emma Roberts) smoking. When a teacher comes up, George quickly pulls out a cigarette and takes the blame. Sally meets George to thank him, and though George is at first reluctant to talk to her, he soon warms up to her.
On Career Day, George meets a young artist, Dustin, and is inspired by his thoughts about life. He brings Sally with him to visit Dustin and it becomes apparent that Dustin likes Sally. Sally invites George to a New Year’s Eve party. At the party, she dances with her ex, while George gets drunk, puking outside before falling asleep in the alley. Sally finds him there and apologizes.
The Art of Getting by
Directed by: Gavin Wiesen
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Robards, Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood, Alicia Silverstone
Screenplay by: Gavin Wiesen
Production Design by: Kelly McGehee
Cinematography by: Ben Kutchins
Film Editing by: Mollie Goldstein
Costume Design by: Erika Munro
Set Decoration by: Matthew W. Herschel
Music by: Alec Puro
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: June 17, 2011