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George (Freddie Highmore) is a pessimistic teen who has managed to get by in school without ever doing homework. However, in his senior year his bad habits catch the attention of his teachers, and also another lonely student (Emma Roberts) who tries to befriend him.
Why Is The Art of Getting By Rated PG-13?
The Art of Getting By is rated PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying.
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Violence: A student lies to a teacher. A man and teen push and scuffle with one another resulting in an injury. A teen yells at his mother. Adults argue off screen.
Sexual Content: A woman, dressed in a nightgown, sees her lover out the front door. She makes a brief comment about their activities. Sketches and paintings of naked figures are seen briefly. A girl asks a boy to have sexual relations with her. She encourages him to sleep with many girls. Sexual activity is insinuated between teen couples and adult couples. Teens kiss passionately. A crude joke is made about a bodily function. A girl undresses in front of a boy (no nudity is seen).
Language: The script contains one strong sexual expletive used in a nonsexual context, infrequent swearing and some terms of Deity, along with brief sexual comments and some name-calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Teens smoke on school property and are threatened with suspension. Teens frequently drink in a club or bar setting. One character becomes drunk and vomits. Adult characters also drink at home. An adult offers alcohol to teens.
Home Video Viewing Alternatives
Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Art of Getting By.
Emma Roberts plays another confused teen who befriends a peer with similar issues in Its Kind of a Funny Story. A younger student has problems engaging in school until he makes friends with another misfit in The Mighty. The documentary Waiting for “Superman” looks at the shortcomings of the US educational system.
Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Home Video Notes: The Art of Getting By
Release Date: 29 November 2011
On November 29, 2011, The Art of Getting By releases on Blu-ray and DVD. No extra features are mentioned for the DVD, but Blu-ray bonus extras include:
- New York Slice of Life
- On Young Love
- Fox Movie Channel Presents – In Character with Freddie Highmore
- HBO First Look- The Making of The Art Of Getting By
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary with Director Gavin Wiesen