Get Over It

on March 09, 2001 by Tim Cogshell
   Berke (Ben Foster) is broken-hearted after getting dumped by long time girlfriend Allison (Melissa Sagemiller). He just doesn't seem to be able to get over it, especially when Allison takes up with an English boy-band frontman/transfer student named Striker (Shane West of TV's "Once and Again") who has the worst British accent since Madonna. In a lame attempt to get her back, Berke joins the cast of the school musical (staged by Martin Short in a well-executed performance) staring Allison and her new beau. Having no talent, Berke needs a coach and taps the lovely Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), who happens to be the sister of his best friend Felix (Colin Hanks). Felix is extremely protective of his only slightly younger sister in a plot point that's senseless and goes nowhere. Of course, Berke soon realizes that the girl of his dreams isn't the one who jilted him for the lame pop singer, but rather the one who loves him back.

   There was a time when angst filled teen comedies were a staple that could be counted on. But the days of bright, pithy movies like "Fast Times At Ridgemount High," "Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Valley Girl" are long gone, replaced by movies like "She's All That" and "Get Over It," both written by R. Lee Fleming Jr., and both devoid of the spirit that made those previously mentioned movies so memorable. "Get Over It" and its contemporaries are for the most part insipid, gross, not funny and mean-spirited. It's as if the filmmakers don't even like teenagers; they belittle them, abuse them and then condescend to them. Director Tommy O'Haver's debut film, "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss," showed potential, but his sophomore effort reflects a much less promising talent. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Melissa Sagemiller, Colin Hanks, Sisko, Mila Kunis, Swoosie Kurtz, Ed Begley Jr., Carmen Electra and Martin Short. Directed by Tommy O'Haver. Written by R. Lee Fleming Jr. Produced by Michael Burns, Paul Feldsher, Louise Rosner and Marc Butan. A Miramax release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for some crude/sexual humor, teen drinking and language. Running time: 90 min

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