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The Art of Getting By

The Art of Getting By
The Art of Getting By
The Art of Getting By
  • PG-13
  • 1h 24m
  • 2011
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Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts co-star as a fatalistic boy and a beautiful but complicated girl who meet in high school and must decide if they are destined to be more than friends.
© 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A sitcom-level twee mess that bakes in the typical manic pixie dream girl and boring, withdrawn boy hero.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inconsistent coming-of-age film includes teen drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this quirky coming-of-age film may appeal to teens familiar with the restless boredom and paralyzing worries that the high school years can impose. Although things ultimately head toward an up note, some of the material is dark and moody. Expect scenes of underage drinking -- both in bars, which the characters likely were able to infiltrate with fake IDs (though this isn't made explicit), and at parties -- sometimes to the point of drunkenness, as well as references to sex (including an 18-year-old sleeping with an older man) and swearing (including infrequent use of "s--t" and "f--k").

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 17, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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