"The Art of Getting By" is a mixed-bag of a coming of age film, that is not for everyone. I experienced awkward ranges of emotions throughout the film... At the beginning of the film, most of the dialogue felt very pretentious...
The film was off beat... and "different". Some of the events was a bit farfetched to be believable or genuine and realistic. The film begins with little credibility as the plot follows an attractive upper-class high school girl that shows great interest in awkward, artistic loner boy classmate. (the film had attractive young leads)
Some of the acting (especially the adult actors) was a bit off, where the performance lacked conviction.
Though I must say that the film delivered a few thoughtful moments (that addressed the subject of unrequited love), that turned the film and the warmth eventually grew on me.
Later, the film felt like an art film, a student film rather... a bit abstract, that doesn't follow logic... but I discovered what made it worked (for me) was that it had soul!
I'm sure it was a small passion project,
I'm glad it was made and I had watched it.
For something more masterful in terms of coming of age romantic-comedy try (500) Days of Summer
Film rating: B