When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, this indie teen drama from writer/director Gavin Wiesen screened under the title Homework. But after Fox Searchlight scooped the film up, they wisely renamed it The Art of Getting By, no doubt to keep cheeky critics from comparing the experience of watching Homework to actually doing homework. By any name though, it's one tedious slog of a movie.
There's one in every high school classroom: that kid who could be a top student if only they would just -- to use a classic Board of Ed-approved phrase -- apply themselves. The new indie drama The Art of Getting By follows one of those underachieving teenagers, George Zinavoy (Finding Neverland's Freddie Highmore, all grown up) a senior at an elite New York prep school with tons of potential and zero follow-through. Turns out that he's in good company -- some of our all-time favorite movie teens are A+-students at shirking responsibility and general goofing off.
Nepotism in Hollywood is as old as the film industry itself, so it's never a surprise when the less-attractive, less-talented relative of a big-time movie star tries to become the town's next big thing. And sometimes these upstarts even equal or surpass their famous predecessors -- witness George Clooney (nephew of Rosemary Clooney), Angelina Jolie (daughter of Jon Voight) and Jeff Bridges (son of Lloyd Bridges). But more often there are folks like Emma Roberts, daughter of Eric and, more importantly, niece of Julia, who make multiple attempts at movie stardom only to be roundly rejected by audiences every time out. After bombing in Scream 4 earlier this year (her fifth box office underperformer) the younger Roberts returns to screens on Friday in the New York City-set teen romance The Art of Getting By, co-starring Freddie Highmore and Sasha Spielberg (yes, of those Spielbergs). The chances of this movie turning her career around seem slim though. Here are the reasons why she's never clicked with moviegoers.