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Film review: ‘The Art of Getting By’

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Freddie Highmore mulls over whether he ever wants to do another ‘quirky’ romance in ‘The Art of Getting By.’

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The Art of Getting By
Two stars
Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Rita Wilson
Directed by Gavin Wiesen
Rated PG-13
Beyond the Weekly
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No matter how many times Sally (Emma Roberts) tells George (Freddie Highmore) that he’s “so weird,” that doesn’t make The Art of Getting By any less generic, or its characters any less one-dimensional. The feature debut of writer-director Gavin Wiesen is a by-the-book “quirky” indie romance, with a pair of superficially rebellious (but intelligent and hyper-articulate) teens falling in love to a soundtrack of plaintive indie rock. Neither George nor Sally develops beyond the basic traits established for them as the movie begins, and their relationship is as predictable as it is slight. Roberts plays essentially the same character she did in last year’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and she and Highmore have about as much of a connection as the average Hollywood rom-com couple. For a brief moment it seems like the movie might be heading toward a bittersweet, unresolved ending, but it pulls back for a safe, bland wrap-up. Nothing weird about that at all.

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