Painting an accurate picture does have its drawbacks however. This by no means is a happy-go-lucky film, nor is it a comedy. As a matter a fact, it's pretty damn depressing. George's outlook on life isn't all the eccentric or out of place for being seventeen/eighteen, but as far as school goes, I know teachers have become a bit slack over the years but letting everything slide till the end of the year and then letting him make it all up in the last three weeks seems like a bit of a stretch to me. I dug how they didn't pull any punches when it comes to the game of love either. We all remember our first burn, and it's never pretty. I felt for this poor bastard because we've all been there, waiting too long to say the right thing (or anything at all) only to lose your chick to the next guy in line. It's rough, but they got it right on the money here.
THE ART OF GETTING BY is picture perfect view of life as a teenager out in the real world. Reality seldom means rainbows, leprechauns and unicorns and that's where this flick excels. Freddy Highmore and Emma Roberts handle their leading roles well, nothing memorable but at least they were believable. Blair Underwood and Alicia Silverstone (who doesn't seem to be aging well, yikes) make cameo appearances as school faculty, but the coolest of the bunch was Harris the Art teacher, he was the shit. One thing did stick out though, the fact that everywhere these kids went they were handed booze by parents and at bars despite the fact they're only eighteen. This flick takes place in New York folks, where the drinking age is twenty-one. Hell, I live in Canada where getting drunk is a national pass time and our drinking age is still nineteen. I guess New York's a lot cooler than I thought.
New York Slice of Life: Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts say New York City was a big part of the film, but other than a quick couple mentions of the city, you almost don't know you're in NY. For me that was what made it sort of special, it focussed on the paths not generally taken. And again, since when can you drink in bars in NY at eighteen?
On Young Love: Our two leads discuss their relationship in the film, which I found to be pretty close to any guy/girl relationship in High School.
In Character with Freddie Highmore: Again, this backs up my views surrounding how effective the film was at relaying an accurate portrayal of teenage trials and tribulations. Freddie discusses how the director mentored and moulded him into the character based upon his own experiences.
The Making of The Art Of Getting By: Here the director relives his High School experiences, looking back at them as an adult. He discusses casting and chemistry but all in all really dug the two leads and how they came together on screen.
Previews: There's a theatrical trailer as well as some other previews that play before the film.