November 19th 2013 13:51
Highmore plays the timid and shy George, a loner one might call him or simply an extreme introvert roams through high school with little to no intention of putting effort to complete his high school diploma. Although it is not really explained in the movie how someone that lacks so much motivation has managed to complete most his high school education and ended up in his last year of high school. George is not without excuse, always providing some reason or another for why he has not completed some required assessment task. The ever forgiving teachers and principle give him multiple chances in hopes that he will finally get his shit together. Maybe they see the potential of what he could be. He is not delinquent, a little misunderstood or possibly a bleeding hear but definitely not a troublemaker and thus the teachers inevitable feeding to his indifference. Inevitably George meets a girl, sorry, a young lady, Sally (Roberts). Sally is seemingly much more worldly then young George and although it starts off innocently enough but low and behold George falls for Sally. Needless to say Sally doesn't quite feel the same.
The Art has it's promises mostly because I wasn't trying to guess where exactly this movie is going. In retrospect it is a very simple film with likable and simple characters. However the characters are not as well developed as they definitely could be. As result the film suffered. The slow movement of the film will bore and annoy many but added to refreshing approach to a oft told story.
Final Verdict: The Art of Getting By has it's promises but is ultimately a teen drama about coming of age (whatever you call it). And simplicity in it's character and plot is both is strength and weakness. 6/10