I recently hosted a The Art of Getting By DVD Giveaway. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of it on dvd as well. With the holidays and all, I just had the chance to sit down and watch it. I was looking forward to watching it because it looked to be a unique film. I also was excited to see Freddie Highmore in a different film besides Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was looking forward to seeing Emma Roberts act as well. Here is a synopsis of the film.
Get caught up in the story of an aspiring young artist and a “popular” girl who find themselves in a charming yet unconventional high school romance. A Sundance Film Festival favorite, THE ART OF GETTING BY is a delightful coming-of-age film set against the backdrop of New York City. George (Freddie Highmore, Golden Compass, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, What’s Wrong with Virginia), a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
In case you want to get a better sense of the film, here is its trailer.
I thought the trailer looked interesting enough. However, I wasn’t really sure if I would like it. I’m happy to report that I did indeed. I watched this movie by myself one night since being on break. It was a nice treat for myself. The main characters are seniors in high school. So, I found it easy to relate to them in certain aspects. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that I found it to be fitting and satisfying.
I was slightly surprised by all of the actors in this movie, in addition to the main two. This included Michael Angarano (Almost Famous), Rita Wilson (Jingle All the Way), Sam Robards (American Beauty), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), and Blair Underwood (“Dirty Sexy Money”). Isn’t that an all-star cast? Rita Wilson was George’s mom and Alicia Silverstone was one of his teachers. I thought it was interesting to see all of the stars playing different roles.
I really enjoyed this film and wouldn’t mind seeing it again. Have you watched it? What did you think of it?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the movie. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.