If The Art of Getting By
feels strangely familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen any number of movies just like it -- but better. It falls squarely into a cinematic subgenre sometimes known as Angry Young Man films. These are movies about charming but frustrated guys who are creative, flamboyant, and too smart for their own good. The hero is always wise beyond his years, and his desires are always lofty for a high school kid; instead of driving sports cars and banging cheerleaders, he’d rather make a pilgrimage to the home of Marcel Proust, or meet a shy but bewitching girl in a Parisian cafe. The hero is also usually rude, short-sighted, and depressed, th...