IMDB Synopsis: George, 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, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
The Art of Getting By brought up many very serious topics that teenagers deal with about thinking about their own mortality. I found that George, played by Freddie Highmore, had a very relatable mind-set. Freddie Highmore did a pretty good job in this movie, however I think he tapped into his own raw natural talent as a younger boy in other movies such as Finding Neverland. Sally, George’s love interest, was played by Emma Robets. I can’t say I’m her number one fan due to the fact that I have only been exposed to one other movie she was in. In Getting By, she gave a believable performance as a conflicted teenage girl, so that is a definite plus. The movie had really good concepts to inspire thought, but I think the writer added certain superficial elements to make to movie more marketable to a teen audience. The part of this movie I liked the most was the soundtrack! I have the irresistible urge to go buy it after I post this! Overall, the movie was pretty good. I can’t say that it’s a new favorite, or that I’m going to immediately re-watch it, but it was cute.