The Art of Walking to School
"The Art of Getting By" tells the story of George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, and who has recently been befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognises in him a kindred spirit. What the film doesn't tell you is that George walks from the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side every day.
In the opening scene we see George walking along Riverside Drive passing West 116th Street.
After which, we see George passing Tom's Restaurant on Broadway at West 112th Street.
And finally, we see George arriving at the fictional Morgan School on East 76th Street at Cherokee Place.
The entire journey would have taken him 1 Hour and 15 Minutes to walk with a distance of 3.8 miles. And we, the audience are supposed to believe that George doesn't care about school, and so you have to wonder why somebody like George would willingly walk over an hour to a place where he does nothing all day! Surely there would be a suitable school for him to attend on the Upper West Side of Manhattan?
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