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George is a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally, a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
Romantic - This independent comedy/drama will please older teen and young adult fans of stars Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts. Language, teen drinking and smoking, and often mature subject matter make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 5 S-words, a couple of others. SEX/NUDITY: Glimpse of a clothed erection. VIOLENCE: A push. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Teen smoking and drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines and situations.
As the end of senior year approaches, George (Freddie Highmore) has managed
to make it almost all the way through high school without actually doing any
work. Even in art class, the one subject that interests him, he doodles instead
of completing the assignments. With graduation just months away, he spends most
of his time alone, cutting class instead of planning for prom and looking at
colleges. Then he impulsively takes the rap for one of the school's prettiest
and most popular girls when she is caught smoking on the roof.
In return, Sally (Emma Roberts) sweeps him into her vivid world. She invites
him to hip parties, accompanies him to galleries and museums, skips school with
him and eventually becomes his best friend. Almost inevitably, the
unsophisticated George finds himself falling for the flirtatious Sally, but
can't find a way to tell her how he feels. When he thinks he has found a role
model in school alumnus Dustin (Michael Angarano), an up-and-coming young
painter he meets on his school's career day, George begins to envision life as
an artist, with Sally as his muse.
Sally provides George with a refuge from both the mundaneness of school and
the uncertainty of home, where things are not what they appear to be between his
mother and stepfather. Then, with the end of senior year coming up fast, George
gets an ultimatum from the principal (Blair Underwood): make up the school work
he has failed to do all year in the next three weeks or he won't graduate.
George soon sees how quickly the world comes apart when you have perfected the
art of getting by.