The Art of Getting By Reviews
'll save you sometime... This is a movie about a horrible young woman, and a stupid awkward young man who likes her. His infatuation almost wrecks his chances to graduate. He actually steps up his game and manages to graduate. Then he allows this woman back into his life after she emotionally manipulated him and vindictively seduced his mentor.
They're not going to live happily ever. The end of the movie is just a setup for a horrible disaster.
" We live alone , we die alone " , suffering from loneliness is quiet depressing and it could be serious . Maybe the dialoges wer'nt built right , but I find this a good thing to make it more realistic .
In my opinion, "formulaic" is often a lazy criticism. It's something critics and fans throw around when they don't connect to a movie. The same way a non-formulaic movie they don't connect to gets labeled "tonally all over the place". Does The Art of Getting By follow a familiar formula of bad-boy-falls-for-manic-pixie-dream-girl-and-becomes-worse-and-simultaneously-better-for-it? Yes. But this film does it well, and I'm not going to fault it for it.
I love Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore in this film and their dynamic. They're believable and they sell the beautiful heartache that is young love wonderfully.
Honestly, the only things I would have changed about this film were a few of the subplots. I'm not sure how the step-father storyline affected the storyline for instance.
So all in all, if you catch this review and had been thinking about giving this one a shot but thought against it due to the overwhelmingly negative reviews - I'd ask you to give it a shot. You may just "connect to the formula" like I did.
However it left a long aftertaste.
Thus I want to watch this movie again.