The Art of Getting By is a 2011 romantic comedy-drama film starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Robards, Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood. It is the first feature by writer-director Gavin Wiesen. George (Freddie Highmore) is an alienated and artistic high school senior. He has stopped doing homework because it seems meaningless to him. He is put on academic probation. One day he goes up to the school roof, where he sees Sally (Emma Roberts) smoking. When a teacher appears, George pulls out a cigarette and lets himself to be caught instead of her. Sally goes to thank him and although at first he is reluctant to talk, they become friends. On career day, George meets a young artist, Dustin, and finds him inspiring.