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"THE ART OF GETTING BY"
(2011) (Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: In modern-day, a cynical, unmotivated teen finds love -- and possibly direction -- for the first time in his life.
PLOT:
George Zinavoy (FREDDIE HIGHMORE) is a cynical, unmotivated high-school senior who lives with mom Vivian (RITA WILSON) and stepfather Jack (SAM ROBARDS) on Manhattan's East Side. George is a fatalist who doesn't see much point in doing his homework or forming lasting relationships because he is going to die one day and likely not make much of a mark in the world. Despite his bad attitude, he continues to draw the support of the school's principal, Mr. Martinson (BLAIR UNDERWOOD), and his teachers Mrs. Herman, Mrs. Dougherty and Mr. McElroy (ALICA SILVERSTONE, ANN HARADA, and JARLATH CONROY, respectively)

Into his life comes classmate Sally (EMMA ROBERTS), a kindred spirit who also likes to slack off, cut class, and smoke. Together, they become enamored with Dustin (MICHAEL ANGARANO), a visiting artist and school alum who tries to coax George into honing his artistic skills. He also coaches the kid in the ways of romance. But when George hesitates with Sally, Dustin steps in and becomes her lover.

Denied the girl he loves, on the verge of expulsion, and faced with troubles at home (Vivian and Jack are in dire financial straits and heading for divorce), George finally decides to take responsibility for his life. But the question then becomes, will he be too late for love ...and graduation?

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Teenagers will have some interest due to the ages of the main characters.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking, and partying.


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