Some delicate-flower extreme has been reached with "The Art of Getting By," a charm-free wisp of a movie about that most annoying of recent archetypes: the mopey, privileged adolescent.
Hollywood teen rebellion now comes in the form of cherub-faced, overcoat-wearing drip George (Freddie Highmore). A daydreaming, doodling Manhattan senior, George refuses to do homework because he's wise enough — he reads Camus, drinks in Leonard Cohen! — to realize that life is meaningless.
But, boy, do his feelings get hurt when he falls for flirty cool chick Sally (Emma Roberts) and has to deal with real-world problems at home with his concerned mom (Rita Wilson).
For the record: An article about "The Art of Getting By" in Friday's Calendar credited Mark Schafer as the photographer of the accompanying photo. In fact, Raymond Haddad is the photographer.