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Trailer Watch: The Art of Getting By Stars Roberts, Highmore

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 21, 2011 at 5:37AM

As promised, Fox Searchlight has supplied a new trailer for writer-director Gavin Weisen's recently retitled feature debut The Art of Getting By, starring Emma Roberts (a.k.a. Julia Roberts's niece), Freddie Highmore, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood, Alicia Silverstone and Sam Robards.
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As promised, Fox Searchlight has supplied a new trailer for writer-director Gavin Weisen's recently retitled feature debut The Art of Getting By, starring Emma Roberts (a.k.a. Julia Roberts's niece), Freddie Highmore, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood, Alicia Silverstone and Sam Robards.

Previously titled Homework, Fox Searchlight picked up the film at Sundance (where it garnered some unfortunate early trade reviews, a sampling below) and will release it limited on June 17. Roberts' camp is trying hard to turn her into an indie darling, but if It's Kind of A Funny Story (a good movie from Half Nelson writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) didn't do it, we doubt this will.

Moviefone:

"Your dog wouldn't eat it...It's like a Cliff's Notes version of every teen-centered Sundance comedy of the last decade."

THR:

"Superficially slick, depressingly conventional."

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, First Look, Drama, comedy, Romance, Fox Searchlight, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.