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Overall Rating
3.8

Awesome: 24.62%
Worth A Look43.08%
Average: 24.62%
Pretty Bad: 3.08%
Total Crap: 4.62%

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Get Over It
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by Scott Weinberg

"A great musical bit, some solid gags, and Dunst in a bikini."
3 stars

Get Over It is a half-decent flick that manages to be about 12 times more entertaining than many of its ilk. Sure, calling any flick "better than Van Wilder" is damning it with faint praise...but did I mention that this one's got Kirsten Dunst in it?

Get Over It is one of the new-generation entries in the overcrowded and generally pitiful sub-genre known as the “teen flick”. But unlike many of its modern day brethren (such as Out Cold, Summer Catch, and Ten Things I Hate About You, Get Over It contains a quick wit and slick visual style generally absent in these cookie-cutter teenie romps. The movie opens with an altogether delightful (and somewhat bizarre) musical sequence set to Captain & Tenille, and if the playfulness seems to wane as the film goes on, that’s just because director Tommy O’Haver (Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss) used his best bit during the opening credits. (To be totally fair, this musical number may well be worth the price of a rental fee all by itself!)

The plot is certainly nothing revolutionary: Boy A is dumped by Girl B, so his plan is to win her back by participating in the school Shakespeare festival. Girl B starts making doe eyes with wanna-be rockstar Boy C. This makes Boy A particularly intent on delivering an impressive audition, so he asks for help from Girl D. (That Girl D is played by Kirsten Dunst is one big reason why Get Over It isn’t entirely forgettable.) Girl D’s brother (Boy E) is Boy A’s best pal, so things work out fairly well on that end. The fulcrum of the drama is meant to be that Girl D (Dunst) is so much the better overall package than is bitchy Girl B, but, alas, Boy A is so blinded by jealousy and heartbreak that he fails to acknowledge that never-ending buoyancy of the glorious rack sitting right before his eyes...

Ahem. Sorry. My mild obsession with the lovely Ms. Dunst is well documented and I’ve thus far obeyed the judge’s restraining order as much as possible. As cute as Kirsten is, the truth is that she’s also a bona-fide movie star. Sure, she’s not a bad little actress (who I predict will become a “legit” leading lady one fine day), but this gal’s a Movie Star. Even in a supporting role, she steals scenes whole from everyone around her. Dunst is one of the few young actresses working today who elevates a potentially mediocre film solely by appearing onscreen.

OK, enough of my creepy praise for the new Mrs. Spider-Man. Get Over It is one of the better teen comedies of the past few years. Sure, that's not reall saying much, but it’s not my fault that most of these movies are entirely indistinguishable from one another. Ben Foster (Liberty Heights) is half-bland, half-likable as Boy A, and Melissa Sagemiller (last seen in the mind numbing Sorority Boys...speaking of teen movie garbage…) is enjoyably detestable as the nasty Girl B. Colin Hanks (son of Tom, recently seen in Orange County) is the recipient of many of the movie’s best punchlines, and he does the most with them. Teens may rent this one for the whole package, but parents will best appreciate the performances of veterans Swoosie Kurtz, Ed Begley Jr., and especially Martin Short, playing a hilariously uptight school administrator. Last but in no possible way least, we’re offered an early appearance from Mila Kunis, the painfully adorable gal from TV’s That 70’s Show! What more need a film deliver??

Most of these teen flicks are feature-length sitcoms: setup-punchline, setup-punchline, fart joke, bra shot, credits. Get Over It deserves a little credit for inserting enough cock-eyed camera twists and goofy, comical ideas to elevate it a little above the pack. It’s a bright little confection that starts out great and ends with a decidedly clever take on Shakespeare, and the sinfully sexy Carmen Electra even pops in to say hi! The whole darn genre would get a welcome kick in the pants once Not Another Teen Movie hit the screens, but Get Over It stands a bit taller than its high-school peers. But then again, I also liked She’s All That, so take it for what it’s worth.

DVD Info: The movie is presented in a Widescreen Anamorphic presentation, and sound is presented (English or French) in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Extra features are as copious as Kirsten’s bountiful bosom: a full-length audio commentary with the director and screenwriter, deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary, three brief featurettes devoted to outtakes and make-up tests, and a pair of music videos.

This one grossed about $11.5 million domestic against a budget of roughly $10 million. Add in the overseas appetite for scantily-clad young white women, plus home video and cable, and you got yourself a profitable little movie...though I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a 'Get Over It Again'.

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User Comments

5/26/08 Roz a decent movie to watch on a lazy afternoon 3 stars
1/03/07 Barry Hensley The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning 5 stars
9/28/05 krissie Smith it is such a cool movie and Kirsten Dunst does a great job 5 stars
2/09/05 Jeff Anderson A John Hughes-like film WITH A PULSE! Opens with a great number, then energy shines through 5 stars
11/16/04 christy this movie was interesting I love Shane West 4 stars
11/10/04 Cassi c Loved it, could watch it over and over again 5 stars
8/13/04 Kristen This is my favorite movie ever! btw, amanda loves 5 stars
6/11/04 Aligewe It is really good. Even Better when you like the actors. 5 stars
2/01/04 Taylor Nicole Sizemore Colin Hanks looks really good in it 5 stars
4/28/03 Oh no Then I must like shit covered rocks. 5 stars
12/31/02 Jack Sommersby Refreshingly inventive high-school pic. The teen cast is irresistable. Dunst's bikini shot! 4 stars
12/31/02 John Aster Habig Kirten don't listen to Phoenix you are beautiful as a person one deserving intimacy 4 stars
10/31/02 jenna I love this movie 5 stars
10/12/02 daniel johns great movie, loved it 5 stars
9/25/02 movie guy I LOVED SHANE WEST IN THIS FILM HE IS GREAT 5 stars
9/03/02 ted v. Mr. EricDSnider, Was "Colin West" in the cast? There is a Colin Hanks & a Shane West... 4 stars
9/03/02 palaboy101 Kirsten Dunst and Martin Short made this movie more than worthwhile, Ben Foster was ok 4 stars
8/26/02 Miracle Max Stupid fucking Sisqo. Oh, & Ben Foster has less charisma than a shit-covered rock. Asshole 1 stars
7/26/02 Matthew Sanchez Fun movie. that's all they ask is that you enjoy yourself. 4 stars
5/26/02 Phoenix Kirsten Dunst is so beautiful. Her tits are so big and beautiful. 4 stars
2/11/02 Shane West Well I was in it right. 5 stars
1/16/02 Gary Formulaic teen movie, but wholly likeable and entertaining, with strong comic performances 4 stars
11/25/01 hilary pretty bad 2 stars
11/08/01 hilary worth a look 4 stars
10/31/01 hilary worth a look 4 stars
9/17/01 Bri Rented dvd to slowmo Dunst bouncey rack. 3 stars
8/30/01 Amy Cliche and obvious, but I loved every minute of it- ben foster and "Felix" are great. 4 stars
8/23/01 brentley better than the avg teen flick. rent the dvd & see the FULL sex-club scene. 3 stars
7/07/01 Simeon Briggs Not as good as Ten Things I hate about you. When is Dunst gonna do porn? 3 stars
6/16/01 Richard Wright Sigh.. another in the painful patheon of teen films.. Lame humour and bad songs galore. 2 stars
6/12/01 Rebecca Hartnett It sucked big fat ass. 1 stars
5/14/01 sarah bearah it was so oooooooo cute! 4 stars
5/11/01 donkey punch I jerked-off non-stop 4 stars
5/11/01 donkey punch I jerked-off non-stop 4 stars
3/24/01 matthew mccarthy one strength: brevity, but still too may frames. i'm trying to get over it. 1 stars
3/18/01 leene the best! ben foster rocks so whoever just dissed him can kick your own ass 5 stars
3/13/01 Zaw Kiss a little longer..hold a little longer.... 5 stars
3/12/01 Wayne Case A nice, sweet diversion. I liked it. 4 stars
3/10/01 Vitamin B Lots of creativity but it rarely pans out. Ben Foster is annoying. Needed more Mila Kunis 4 stars
3/10/01 garen babes, bikinis, and really funny moments 5 stars
3/10/01 Kiss My Grits Dunst in a bikini. Nuff said 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  09-Mar-2001 (PG-13)

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  06-Sep-2001




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