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Overall C+

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.

Violence B-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D+
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying.

Why is The Art of Getting By rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: The Art of Getting By is rated PG-13 for 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.