'The Art of Getting By' Trailer Plays It Safe with Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore

[caption id="attachment_46580" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Fox Searchlight"]Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore in "The Art of Getting By"[/caption]

"The Art of Getting By" premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival under the guise of "Homework," but after Fox Searchlight bought the film, they changed the name for its June 17 release.

Makes sense -- what kid wants to see a movie called "Homework" during the summer?

Much like the name change, the debut trailer for "The Art of Getting By," which premiered over at MTV, shifts its focus away from the movie's academic throughline and centers itself squarely on the complicated romance endured by its three leads, Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano.

In the film, Highmore plays George, a senior with a knack for avoiding his assignments. He loves to paint, he loves to ponder life's big issues and he loves to slack off. That is his art. When he strikes up conversation with the equally defiant Sally (Roberts), a friendship is born and the sparks of romance begin to click. Unfortunately, George can't seal the deal and that's when professional artist Dustin (Angarano) comes into the picture.

The romance is just one of the pieces in this coming of age puzzle: on top of making it work with Sally, George is on the brink of flunking out of school and coping with his mother and stepfather's strained relationship.  There's some meaty material hiding in the wings of "The Art of Getting By," which makes the return of Freddie Highmore that much more exciting. We haven't seen the young "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in a movie since 2008's "The Spiderwick Chronicles," but coupling with an up-and-comer like Roberts should hopefully give him the leverage to get back to the A-List.

The trailer paints "The Art of Getting By" like the sweet, charming alternative to most of the summer movies we'll see this season. With every other weekend crammed superheroes and explosions, a little indie romance might be the perfect escape.

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