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The Art Of Getting By Blu-ray and DVD Reviews


“The Art Of Getting By” is the type of movie that you feel like you have seen before.

George is an odd, unmotivated, loner who thinks entirely too much. Instead of worrying about homework, graduating from high school, or his possible career as an artist, he is more concerned with thinking about death and slacking off at school. However, the selfish George begins to think about more than himself when he meets a charming schoolmate named Sally whom he begins to develop feelings for. Will George have a relationship with Sally? Can George get his life back on track and graduate high school? Will you care about any of the characters in this film?

There’s an interesting story somewhere in this quirky rom-com, but unfortunately, it is lost amidst a slow moving plot. It is possible the meandering plot was created on purpose in order to identify with the meandering main character George. The problem is; the viewers might feel disconnected to George and the other mostly undeveloped characters. Why you ask? None of these characters feel real nor are they remotely likeable. It’s a shame too because stars Freddie Highmore (“Finding Neverland”) and Emma Roberts (“Scream 4”) are talented individuals who deserve better than this forgettable flick.

Summary: Skip “The Art Of Getting By”.


The DVD, which is presented in the 2.40:1 ratio, looks sharp, but naturally, it doesn’t hold a candle to the crisp and clear 1080p quality on the Blu-ray.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track on the DVD does a fine job with the hipster soundtrack  and the quirky dialogue, but the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track on the Blu-ray disc has a little more life to it.

DVD Extras:
* “The Art Of Getting By” and other Fox trailers.
* “On Young Love”- A basic featurette that sells the film.

*“New York Slice Of Life”- A featurette about filming in New York.
* Commentary by writer/director Gavin Wiesen. As he chats, it’s clear that this seems to be a personal project for him. It’s a shame the end product wasn’t better.

The Blu-ray disc has all of the above extras plus an interview with Freddie Highmore on “Fox Movie Channel Presents- In Character With Freddie Highmore” and another featurette titled “HBO First Look: The Making Of The Art Of Getting By” that covers the cast, script, directing, setting, etc.


December 3, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review | , , ,

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