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The Art Of Getting By review

Freddie Highmore's moody teen protagonist is hard to sympathise with...

Trenchcoat-wearing, Sartre-reading schoolyard misanthrope George (Freddie Highmore) has a problem: despite the best efforts of his lovely teachers he can’t be bothered to graduate; and despite the best efforts of his lovely friend (Emma Roberts) he can’t be bothered to fornicate.

Though woozily shot and well acted, embracing Gavin Wiesen’s low-key coming-of-ager depends on whether you find its hero a self-important prick.

George may be honest enough to admit, “I’m obnoxious,” but you can’t help thinking the art of getting over himself would be the best lesson to master.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.