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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 EricDSnider

"Many people will not find this movie funny. I am not among them."
4 stars

While it clings too tightly to the now-standard gross-out mentality of teen films, "Get Over It" manages some originality and wit, too, in its story of a boy who gets dumped and the girl he falls for instead.

Berke (Ben Foster) is the average, slightly bookish high-schooler whose girlfriend Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) dumps him suddenly and without provocation. She doesn't have another beau in mind; she's just bored and wants to move on.

Berke, however, does not want to move on. When he sees Allison getting cozy with Striker (Shane West), the boy-band singer who has just moved into their school after touring the world with the Swingtown Lads, he becomes desperate to win her back. Since Allison and Striker (the "Backstreet Bitch," Berke calls him) are both auditioning for the school's Shakespeare play, he decides to audition, too.

He doesn't have a clue about Shakespeare, though, so he gets help from Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), the year-younger sister of his best friend Felix (Colin West). Felix doesn't like the idea of anyone having the hots for his sister, so he watches the situation carefully -- but despite Kelly's increasing attraction to her brother's friend, Berke shows no interest in her. He just wants Allison back.

The school play is "A Midsummer Night's Rockin' Eve," which is an awful musical version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" penned by the school's starry-eyed drama teacher, Dr. Desmond Forrest-Oates (Martin Short; think Corky St. Clair in "Waiting for Guffman"). Explanations of the play's plot let the layperson understand that its romantic entanglements closely resemble the Allison/Striker/Berke/Kelly situation. Berke, who can't sing (his audition consists of him butchering the jingle from the Big Red chewing gum commercials), gets a minor role, but since this is a movie that revels in its own predictability, you know it's only a matter of time before one of the leads drops out and Berke has to take his place.

Director Tommy O'Haver has a highly visual style that leads to several amusing moments. A long tracking shot of a just-dumped Berke walking down the street as townspeople join in a well-choreographed dance number set to Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" suggests a more ambitious attitude than most films of this genre are afforded.

The film's music should be noted, too. (Yes, one-hit wonder Sisqo has a role as one of Berke's friends, and sings the film's closing-credits number with Vitamin C. But we're not mentioning that, because it's irrelevant.) The songs in "A Midsummer Night's Rockin' Eve," written by "South Park's" Marc Shaiman, are quite funny, ranging in style from a "Grease"-like opening number to a boy-band-inspired ode to the play's beauteous Hermia.

Where the film suffers is in its insistence on being crude. Someone vomits into the punch bowl at a party, which is bad enough, but then someone has to accidentally drink it, too. An over-sexed dog keep turning up as well. A scene at a strip club is the most egregious, though, as it commits the heinous crime of not being funny.

No one's saying "Get Over It" is any great stroke of genius, and it's nowhere near as sassy or clever as the best teen films. But for what it is, it's extremely funny.

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originally posted: 03/11/01 11:09:19
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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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