The Art of Getting By

2011 PG-13 1h 24m DVD

The Art of Getting By

2011 PG-13 1h 24m DVD
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Freddie Highmore stars in this romance tale as a teenage rebel with no time for textbooks, but when he's given a glimmer of friendship with longtime crush Sally Howe, the trench-coated loner discovers that some feelings aren't too trite to explore.
Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Robards, Rita Wilson, Alicia Silverstone, Blair Underwood, Sasha Spielberg
Gavin Wiesen
Widescreen 2:40:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this quirky coming-of-age film may appeal to teens familiar with the restless boredom and paralyzing worries that the high school years can impose. Although things ultimately head toward an up note, some of the material is dark and moody. Expect scenes of underage drinking -- both in bars, which the characters likely were able to infiltrate with fake IDs (though this isn't made explicit), and at parties -- sometimes to the point of drunkenness, as well as references to sex (including an 18-year-old sleeping with an older man) and swearing (including infrequent use of "s--t" and "f--k").

Sexual Content

An 18-year-old high school girl sleeps with an older man; she's shown clothed in bed, and they kiss. A teen boy appears to have an erection under the covers.


An adult tussles with a teen boy during a screaming fight.


Relatively infrequent use of "f--k" (said once), "s--t," "hell," "bulls--t," "crap," "douchebag," "suck," and "loser."

Social Behavior

The movie takes a while to make its point, but ultimately the message is that hard work does pay off.


Some label-flashing, especially of technology products like Apple iPods and laptops; also Starbucks. Wealthy students are shown living in fancy apartments and wearing top-shelf clothing while a classmate's family struggles to pay the bills.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some teen smoking and drinking (both beer and hard liquor), both at parties and at clubs. A character vomits and passes out on a sidewalk after drinking too much at a party. Adults also drink socially. Some mention of Ritalin and Lexapro.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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