The Art of Getting By

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Inconsistent coming-of-age film includes teen drinking.

PG-13 2011 84 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 17+

Not worth the time.

I thought that it was inappropriate that these highschoolers were drinking alcholic beverages in a restaurant and a bar. The fact that it was not addressed in the film that they must have had fake id cards, was confusing. I kept thinking, these kids are 18 aren't they? Or am I missing something???? It made it seem like it was o.k. for kids to be underage drinking. It's one thing for kids to be at a party, where kids might "get away with it" but drinking in the restaurant, and a parent also giving George the Bloody Mary in the morning to "cure" a hangover, sends mixed messages as well.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Watchable.

Hmm, this film wasn't too bad - definitely watchable, but not very exciting. Seemed emotionless, I didn't care too much for the characters, the story was pretty dull and lifeless most of the time. I guess it had me wanting more and didn't deliver. Freddie Highmore is usually an excellent actor but I found him to be a little boring in this - if you or your kids haven't seen August Rush...I highly recommend it over this one. Okay for teens 14 and up I think.

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