The Art of Getting By [2011] [PG-13] - 4.3.5

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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An artistic but fatalistic teen (Freddie Highmore) enters his senior year of high school without completing any actual work. That's when he meets a popular girl (Emma Roberts) and his life becomes even more complicated. Also with Michael Angarano, Sash Spielberg, Blair Underwood, Rita Wilson and Alicia Silverstone, Directed by Gavin Wiesen. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A teen girl laughs and stares at a sleeping teen boy (in a separate bed); she continues laughing and we see the outline of a bulge at the boy's crotch covered by a blanket (it is implied to be an erection). A teen girl is seen lying, fully clothed, in a bed while watching a young man (it is implied that they have had sex).
 A teen girl and a teen boy kiss for an extended period of time. A teen girl and a young man kiss. A teen boy kisses a teen girl and she pushes him away. A young man kisses a teen girl and she pulls away.
 A man and a woman kiss as a teen boy and a teen girl watch; the woman wraps herself in a robe (no nudity is visible) and implies to the teen that she had sex with the man the previous night.
 A teen girl removes her shirt as a teen boy watches and we see her bare back (her bra strap is visible) as she pulls on a T-shirt.
 A teen girl and a teen boy dance suggestively; the girl's arms are wrapped around the boy's neck. A teen girl holds a young man's hand, tries to dance with him and he pulls away. A teen girl holds a teen boy's hand as they walk.
 A teen boy stares longingly at a teen girl and jokes that he dislikes his own hormones. A teen boy tells a teen girl that he needs to have "one on one" time with her, implying sex, and she ignores his advances. A teen girl asks a teen boy if he has had sex, he says he has not and the girl asks if he "thinks" about her, implying in a sexual manner. A teen girl asks a teen boy if he would like to have sex with her, and then changes the subject immediately. A young man asks a teen boy if he had sex with a teen girl, the teen boy says he has not and the young man suggests the teen boy kiss the teen girl and see if she kisses back. A woman tells a teen boy and a teen girl (her daughter) that ticklish people are "great lovers" and their entire bodies are erogenous. A teen girl jokes with a teen boy that he will have to sleep with multiple girls. A teen girl tells a teen boy that she had sexually promiscuous friends she could introduce him to. A teenage boy teases a teenage girl saying that she had "lots of valentines." A teen girl tells a teen boy that she thinks his stepfather is meeting up for a "lover's rendezvous" and mentions that her former stepfather had multiple affairs.
 We see various nude figure drawings made by a teen boy, including the bare buttocks and back of a man, the bare back of a man and the bare chest of a man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man lunges at a teen boy (his step-son), the boy fights back and they wrestle on the floor; the man wraps his arms around the boy's shoulders, the boy slams the man into a doorway, and he falls to the ground, clutches his chest and we later learn that the man had broken his collarbone.
 An older man shoves a teen boy away jokingly and then hugs him.
 A teen boy shouts at a man. A man shouts at a teen boy. A teen boy shouts at his mother. A teen girl shouts at a teen boy. A mother shouts at her teen son. A teen boy overhears his mother and stepfather arguing in another room. A teen boy tells a teen girl that society is going downhill, giving the examples of tsunamis and warfare. A teen girl tells a teen boy that she is afraid of death. A teen girl asks a teen boy if he has any guns and the boy disregards her question. A young man jokes that he felt like "it was Nagasaki in there," in reference to a classroom. A teen boy is heard during a voiceover saying that over 60,000,000 people die annually. A teen boy is heard during a voiceover stating that people are constantly close to dying. A teen boy tells a woman that he is depressed because he was thinking about death and the woman responds that everyone dies. A man jokes that a teenage boy could make a painting out of animal feces.
 A teen boy vomits profusely: we see vomit pouring out of his mouth and he coughs, and vomit and spittle drip from his mouth; we later see him passed out next to the pile of vomit.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 7 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (fatalist, weird, Basqiat, pervasive, dork, skanky, crazy, Cold War spy, terrifying old man, obnoxious, little hussy, sadistic, treacherous, deeply disrespectful, loser, derivative, blowhard, angrier than a pit bull, veal, pathetic), exclamations (heck, shut up), 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A teen boy tells a teen girl that he had tried the drugs Lexapro and Ritalin. Throughout the movie we see teenagers drinking alcohol, including drinking shots of liquor at a club, drinking beer at a bar, ordering alcohol at restaurants and giving one another bottles of champagne and sharing them, a woman gives a teenage boy and her own teen daughter beer and gives a teen boy an alcoholic mixed drink, a teen boy drinks to the point of drunkenness (he vomits and passes out on the street), men and women are seen holding glasses of wine, a woman drinks wine and encourages drinking with a teenage boy, and a young man tells a classroom of teens that he was hung over when he accepted a phone call. A teen boy smokes a cigarette, a teen girl smokes a cigarette, a man is seen smoking cigarettes, and a man tells a teen boy that he cannot smoke on a school's campus.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Disappointment, depression, underachievers, the influence of relationships on people, apathy, perseverance, underage drinking, underage smoking, divorce, domestic violence, unemployment.

MESSAGE - Life can be confusing sometimes and it helps to have supportive friends and family.

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