Get Over It

Directed by Tommy O'Haver
Starring: Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Melissa Sagemiller, Colin Hanks, Shane West, Sisqo, Martin Short.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some crude/sexual humor, teen drinking and language.

Review by Evelyn Gildrie-Voyles <>
March 12, 2001

There seems to be a trend in movie reviewing where phrases like "pretty good for a teen flick" or "better than an average mediocre teen flick" keep being used. Hey, some of us like teen flicks. Some teen flicks are very funny and enjoyable (Clueless, Ten Things I Hate About You, Sixteen Candles) as well as poignant and sweet (Loser, Some Kind of Wonderful), or just wacky (Just One of the Guys, Idle Hands). If we keep making excuses for teen flicks, giving okay reviews just because some parts of them happen to be funny, we are going to continue to get uneven, poorly constructed mishmash like Get Over It.

The plot is standard teen fare (which isn't an insult because every genre has standard plots). Berke, a sweet, slightly goofy basketball player (Ben Foster), is dumped by his girlfriend of 16 months, Allison (Melissa Sagemiller). He is devastated by this, despite the attempts of his best friends Felix (Colin Hanks) and Dennis (Sisqo) to cheer him up. Allison soon takes up with a snotty boy band singer, Striker (Shane West). This further devastates poor Berke and he decides to win Allison back by auditioning for the high school play, A Midsummer's Rockin' Eve. Felix's little sister Kelly (Kirsten Dunst) coaches Berke for the auditions and falls hopelessly in love with him. All that is left is for Berke to wake up from his obsession with Allison and realize how much nicer, cuter, and cooler Kelly is, even if she is Felix's sister.

This is a fine plot for a film, especially since screenwriter R. Lee Fleming (She's All That) and director Tommy O'Haver (Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss) deal very nicely with the whole best-friend's-sister aspect of the plot. Colin Hanks, Ben Foster, and Kirsten Dunst all are very sweet and likeable. It is very easy to care about and empathize with all three characters, but the film can't decide whether it wants to be a sweet comedy or a screwball comedy. The opening sequence, complete with ironic voice-over and a harsh breakup scene that slides into the credit sequence/dance number, prepares the audience for a screwball comedy. This style is dropped as soon as the credits end, and the voice-over never comes back. The silly style returns in Berke's daydreams, which are highly amusing and the second-best part of the film.

It would be okay if the over-the-top style was confined to the dreams, but it seeps into "real life". Kylie Bax plays a beautiful if old high school student from New Zealand who causes There's Something About Mary-type disasters wherever she goes. Swoozie Kurtz and Ed Begley Jr. play Berke's parents who are so sex-obsessed and overly-supportive that they belong in a John Waters film. Most of the play rehearsal and performance scenes contain very entertaining slapstick and parody, although some of the schtick verges on just painful. The heavy handed comedy is funny, but it becomes jarring when mixed with the light comedy of the love story. Then there's Martin Short as the drama teacher who is just bitchy and mean. He adds very little humor and a whole lot of nastiness, though much of this is the fault of the writing and not Short's performance.

The movie might be worth renting if you are looking for boy band and bad musical parodies or horny dog humor. This movie has the best horny dog humor I've seen, EVER. Really, Chester the humping dog steals the film. I was so happy when I saw him on the movie poster: finally one that accurately reflects who the star of the film is.

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