Get Over It

Teen movies have a habit of mining classics, especially Shakespeare, for inspiration or adaptation. It happened in Romeo + Juliet, 10 Things I Hate About You, and will happen in the upcoming O. Get Over It does both, using A Midsummer Night's Dream as its starting point. Berke's (Ben Foster, Liberty Heights, Big Trouble) girlfriend Allison (Melissa Sagemiller, Soul Survivors, Black and White) dumped. Even worse, she immediately begins dating Striker (Shane West, A Time for Dancing, Whatever It Takes), the lead singer in a European boy band. Berke wants Allison back, and will do whatever it takes, including joining the cast of a modern day musical interpretation of the bard's play. The problem is that Berke cannot act and sing.

In steps Kelly (Kirsten Dunst, Bring It On, The Virgin Suicides), the sister of Berke's best friend Felix (Colin Hanks, Whatever It Takes, That Thing You Do!). She offers to help Berke practice reading and singing so he can get a role. She also has a crush on him, but he is too busy trying to win Allison to notice. There is a huge cast, including play director Martin Short, Colin Hanks (son of that other Hanks), model Kylie Bax, Carmen Electra, Coolio, Ed Begley Jr. and Swoosie Kurtz as the ultimate easygoing parents, and singers Sisquo and Vitamin C (who really isn't in the movie at all). It plays out simpler than it sounds. All four principal characters receive parts in the play, and in a nice touch, their roles in the play mimic their actual problems in love. Berke daydreams himself in the play, fighting Striker for the Allison's hand. Berke's friends do what they can to get Allison off Berke's mind while Berke makes a fool out of himself trying to look cool.

Aside from the staging of the play at the end and Berke's daydreams, there is not much to Get Over It. Director Tommy O'Haver (Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss) and writer R. Lee Fleming, Jr. (She's All That) present the bare essentials necessary for making a teen movie. As with some of the other movies geared towards teenagers, the ending comes really quickly, leaving viewers in somewhat of a lurch. The acting is probably a little better than other similar movies, but that is not saying much. Foster is amusing, but not quite right for the role. The Berke character is prone to brooding and looking much too serious for his own good. There are also too many characters. Eliminating some of the really extraneous ones and fleshing out others like Sisquo, Hanks, and Bax would give audiences a greater emotional attachment to the film. People will get over Get Over It fairly quickly.

Haro Rates It: Okay.
1 hour,30 minutes, Rated PG-13 for some crude/sexual humor, teen drinking, and language.

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