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Still shot from the movie: The Art of Getting By.

The Art of Getting By

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 83
Theater Release: 17 Jun 2011
Video Release: 29 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

One scene shows a can of Red Bull, suggesting a student is using it to help him stay awake. What impact can these energy drinks have on teen health? What effect may this movie depiction have on viewers?

A fellow painter challenges George to produce something, saying that you can’t call yourself a painter if you don’t paint. Is it important to practice creative ventures in order to become better? What other goals do people have but often fail to act on? How many unwritten novels are there? What does George’s friend mean when he says he needs to exercise his muscles?

Is George’s fatalistic outlook justifiable in the story? How does his life experience compare with other teens in this movie? Do you think George suffers from true depression or feelings of futility? Where can kids who are depressed go for help?

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