The latest classic story/play to receive a face-lift and make-over for the young, unintellectual audiences (i.e., “Dangerous Liaisons” to “Cruel Intentions,” “The Taming of the Shrew” to “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Othello” to “O,” “Pygmalion” to “She’s All That,” “Crime and Punishment” to “Crime + Punishment in Suburbia,” and other transplanted modernizations like “Hamlet,” “Great Expectations,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “O,” etc.) is William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” into Tommy O’Haver’s “Get Over It” — a high school comedy about mix-matched loves turned even further awry.The movie is high on a lot of pleasantries and some creative twists on the Shakespearean text (no, no, don’t worry, the dialogue is not kept in original form like the hackneyed “Hamlet”), but far too often and too annoyingly, R. Lee Fleming, Jr.’s script reverts to a conventional, destitute high school movie, and at the times that it counts the most. The novelty of the initial inception from around the time of “10 Things I Hate About You” has mostly worn off. The cheerful cast is able to keep much of the movie upbeat, but when the script becomes puerile, the antics and acting is right behind it. Nothing scripted or pre-planned measures up to the funniness of bland singer and even blander actor Sisqó stumbling over the annunciation of “arbitrarily.” Kirsten Dunst does her best to be appealing and likable in the female lead, but she is blown away by the impressive newcomer Melissa Sagemiller, and her favorable male counterpart, Ben Foster.
With Shane West, Mila Kunis, Martin Short, Ed Begley, Jr., Swoosie Kurtz and cameos by Vitamin C, Carmen Electra and Coolio.Final Verdict: C+.