Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
You’ve seen it before, you’ll see it again, but you’ll rarely get tired of it. It’s the New York City romance. From Annie Hall to When Harry Met Sally and Spider-Man, falling in love in the Big Apple seems incredibly simple. So simple, in fact, that even brooding, whip-smart high school kids can do it.
In The Art of Getting By, which was formerly called Homework and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Freddie Highmore is a quick witted New York high school student, devoid of ambition, who begins to find himself when he starts hanging out with his crush, played by Emma Roberts. As Peter said in his review of the film at Sundance, “While the movie doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel (not even a little bit), [The Art of Getting By] is a comfortable break….[it shows] New York City in a beautifully romantic light, the catchy soundtrack is front and center, and the performances are natural across the board.” Written and directed by Gavin Wiesen, it’s scheduled for release June 17 you can watch the first trailer after the jump.
Thanks to MTV for premiering this trailer.
I saw this film with Peter at Sundance and honestly, his review was much kinder than I would have been. As he said, the film has some nice moments, but more often than not it’s just another case of privileged kids going through life like they have it so bad only to see the ere of their ways in a huge, romantic gesture wrapped up in an impossible task you can see coming a mile away. Highmore and Roberts are actually both pretty likable in the film, it’s the cliched script that really got to me. The Art of Getting By isn’t a film you hate, it’s just a film you’ll most likely forget about.
But even just watching this trailer, you can see the appeal. It just looks like a movie a lot of people would want to see. Are you one of these people?