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The Art of Getting By Details


A high school slacker forges an unlikely bond with the most popular girl in his class, and becomes an apprentice to an older artist after learning that his disdain for homework may cost him his diploma. George (Freddie Highmore) isn't what you'd call a people person, yet he's somehow managed to make it through high school with a minimal amount of effort. Meanwhile, Sally (Emma Roberts) is a natural-born beauty whose popularity helps to hide the fact that she's positively miserable at home. Brought together by their turbulent personal lives, Sally and George quickly discover that despite appearances, they actually have quite a bit in common. It all threatens to fall apart, though, when George learns that he may not be eligible for graduation. Desperate to escape high school by any means necessary, George attempts to learn some measure of self-discipline by working under Dustin, a successful 25-year-old artist who sees potential in the young misfit. Now, just as George begins to see the future as something to embrace rather than something to dread, his lazy past threatens to hinder his forward momentum. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 17, 2011


Freddie Highmore
as George Zinavoy
Emma Roberts
as Sally Howe
Michael Angarano
as Dustin
Elizabeth Reaser
as Charlotte Howe
Sam Robards
as Jack Sargent
Jarleth Conroy
as Harris McElroy
Ann Dowd
as Mrs. Grimes
Sasha Spielberg
as Zoe Rubinstein
Rita Wilson
as Vivian Sargent
Blair Underwood
as Principal Martinson
Alicia Silverstone
as Ms. Herman
Andrew Levitas
as Javier
Maya Ri Sanchez
as Cynthia
Ann Harada
as Mrs. Doughtery


Gavin Wiesen
Gia Walsh
Darren Goldberg
P. Jennifer Dana
Gavin Wiesen
Ben Kutchins
Linda Cohen
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alec Puro
Composer (Music Score)
Mollie Goldstein
Kelly McGehee
Production Designer
Christopher Marsh
Associate Producer
Nick Quested
Executive Producer
Henry Pincus
Executive Producer
Jonathan Gray
Executive Producer
Andrew Levitas
Executive Producer
Gretchen McGowan
Executive Producer
Erika Munro
Costume Designer
Laura Rosenthal
Mike Guarino
Sound Mixer
Amy Dempsey
Unit Production Manager
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator
Lewis Goldstein
Supervising Sound Editor
Lewis Goldstein
Re-Recording Mixer
Darren Goldberg
Post Production Supervisor
Debbie Peiser
Key Hairstylist
Mark Schafer
Still Photographer