First trailer for THE ART OF GETTING BY, formerly HOMEWORK

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
April 21st, 2011

Today's news the Sundance hit SOUND OF MY VOICE has just been picked up for distribution highlights some of the weird inequanimity of festival acquisitions. Whereas SOMV received almost universally great reviews at the fest (and when it later showed at SXSW) and languished without a distributor for months, the then-titled HOMEWORK (now known as THE ART OF GETTING BY) was picked up by Fox Searchlight (who actually just picked up SOMV, good on them) during the festival. Surely, the film's cast and their name recognition helped boost Gavin Wiesen's indie into more marketable territory, because I can't say that there's anything else that made this film a shining star.

Wiesen's film stars Freddie Highmore as high school oddball George Zinavoy, a kid too smart for his own good, but with little to show for it. THE ART OF GETTING BY takes us into George's final days in high school, days marked by trying to woo his crush (Emma Roberts), learn from a young artist (Michael Angarano), deal with the fall-out of his mother and step-father's flatlining marriage, all while trying to actually graduate. As I blasted the film back in January in my review - "And while this certainly sounds like a sweet little coming-of-age indie, it’s not. Because it’s actually every other 'sweet little coming-of-age indie' film you have ever seen. HOMEWORK slips into the territory of the derivative and becomes a gutless, bloodless amalgam of every other 'indie'romantic tweefest you’ve ever seen before you can even realize it. If you have ever seen any other film that even remotely resembles HOMEWORK, you will see every beat of the film coming a mile away."

While my fiery hatred of the film has abated, I stand by those words. In January, the film was shockingly unoriginal. This new trailer and new title don't seem to hint at any of that changing. Check it out after the break?

THE ART OF GETTING BY opens in limited release on June 17.

Source MTV, via /Film

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