The Art of Getting by

The Art of Getting by

DVD - 2011
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Fatalistic teenager George Zingavoy is a master at just barely getting by. In fact, he's practically turned it into an art form-making it through the entire school year without doing a shred of work. But when George meets a beautiful and complicated girl named Sally, he discovers a kindred spirit who turns his slacker world upside down. Their quirky and unexpected romance may just inspire George to do the unthinkable-get off his butt and chase after his dreams.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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gomez7
Aug 28, 2016

This is NOT a film about a high school slacker. It's about a boy on the knife edge of adulthood, and the existential angst that leaves him paralyzed to make any decision or take any action as he tries to discover the purpose of life and whether there is any point to it all. Yes, a coming of age story. Not for everyone, but a solid B movie.

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fulltimescholar
May 25, 2016

An interesting premise but badly explored. As the movie went on the characters became less believable and the ending was lacking in subtlety and full of clichés.

citrusoda2009co Jul 13, 2014

I liked it because it shows a lot of the struggles that people face when they think that they have no purpose. To me it was an interesting film. The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was how it ended. Some of the choices that the main character made at the end I understood and was proud of him for doing but there was one that I could no agree with.

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ncs1961
May 07, 2014

An interesting coming of age film - but not necessarily for that aged audience. I agree with most of these other very insightful reviews. Also want to add, "whats with all the drinking?!" Since when are high school kids old enough to sit in a bar? and why would the film maker want to portray the beer-in-hand as the right tool for exploring these big teen life questions?

kevfarley Dec 09, 2013

This is awful ! I really want to see this film, but when I got it home and put it in the DVD player...it says: "NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION" !!?? I have watched hundreds of other New York Public Library films on this DVD player. But about a dozen have come up as "NOT FORMATTED" etc. !!?? Does anyone out there know what this means ? ... darn ! I really wanted to see this one. WHY is the New York Public Library buying sooo many DVD's that are "NOT FORMATTED" for the NYC area ? My branch had sent an inquery about this problem to 'Purchasing' several weeks ago, but there has still been no response (?). Has this happened to anyone else out there ?

lasertravis Mar 12, 2013

Above average teen romantic dramedy. Deeper than average, real feeling characters. Insightful dialogue and situations with substance. Not my kind of movie, but a good take on the genre.

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sjoyh1014
Mar 07, 2013

Cute movie. Reminiscent of Brat 90s movies. Easy flick.

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iza
Dec 17, 2012

George the clever boy, who considers school useless, has a supreme excuse for running from the reality the DEATH, which eventually is going to get us all. George is a smart teen, and only the love can change the way his mind functioned. This movie is an interesting gate into the soul of a teen.

howardpoole Sep 13, 2012

I really enjoyed this one. The trailer looked good, and I wasnt disappointed.

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yeungr
May 28, 2012

"The Art of Getting By" is a mixed-bag of a coming of age film, that is not for everyone. I experienced awkward ranges of emotions throughout the film... At the beginning of the film, most of the dialogue felt very pretentious...
The film was off beat... and "different". Some of the events was a bit farfetched to be believable or genuine and realistic. The film begins with little credibility as the plot follows an attractive upper-class high school girl that shows great interest in awkward, artistic loner boy classmate. (the film had attractive young leads)

Some of the acting (especially the adult actors) was a bit off, where the performance lacked conviction.

Though I must say that the film delivered a few thoughtful moments (that addressed the subject of unrequited love), that turned the film and the warmth eventually grew on me.

Later, the film felt like an art film, a student film rather... a bit abstract, that doesn't follow logic... but I discovered what made it worked (for me) was that it had soul!

I'm sure it was a small passion project,
I'm glad it was made and I had watched it.

For something more masterful in terms of coming of age romantic-comedy try (500) Days of Summer

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Jun 05, 2012

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