Get Over It Review

Bex has reviewed the Region 2 release of Get Over It which is released for rental on both VHS and DVD on 7th January. The film stars both Kirsten Dunst and Martin Short, in a teen comedy about breaking up and moving on.

The Film

Get Over It is a fairly typical teen movie, which draws from the influences of the recent spate of such films, and doesn’t quite achieve all it sets out to in terms of uniqueness in the genre. The story revolves around Berke (Ben Foster) and his attempts to woo back his long-term girlfriend, Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) who unceremoniously dumps him before the credits start. Because Allison and her new boyfriend, Stryker (Shane West) have signed up for the school’s musical rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Berke also signs up in an attempt to impress his former girlfriend. However, he’s not really the acting type so he enrols his best friend’s younger sister, Kelly (Kirsten Dunst) to tutor him, and over the course of the film he begins to re-assess his affections with fairly obvious consequences.

The inevitability of the plot (written by R. Lee Fleming Jr – also responsible for She’s All That) is coupled with comedic moments that often fall flat, or just pale in comparison with movies such as American Pie and 10 Things I Hate About You. Even what genuinely funny moments there are detract somewhat from the sincerity of the story. That’s not to say that it’s not a pleasure to watch Martin Short as the teacher in charge of the school’s musical production, power-mad, manic, and with some particularly good put-downs for his set-upon cast. The inclusion of singing in the staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream provides some unusual fun moments, for example the cast’s rendition of ‘It’s Fun to Be a Fairy’.

For all the faults of the film, the acting is pretty good, although a little over-the-top from some quarters. The main culprit here is Shane West as Stryker, the ex-boy band singer who turns up and captures Allison’s heart. His British accent is decidedly dodgy, and although there is a slight hint that perhaps he’s supposed to be faking an accent – something only made clear by the end of the film – this plot line is never followed through. Colin Hanks and Sisqo play Berke’s best friends and do well considering how one-dimensional their roles really are…which is another problem with the film. Melissa Sagemiller really looks a little old for the high school role and Kirsten Dunst is just too confident and mature to be a beleaguered younger sister, albeit a musical prodigy who can compose songs overnight it seems.

However, there are also some surprisingly bright moments. One of these comes early on with the opening credits, where singer Vitamin C strolls along with an assortment of backing singers and dancers singing “Love Will Keep Us Together” directly at Berke as he walks away from Allison’s house with all his returned possessions in his arms. The production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is also a lot of fun and much better than the dream sequences which pop up throughout the film and add very little to the plot. But the good doesn’t make up for the bland.


The picture quality is pretty average, which is already starting to sound bad when referring to a DVD transfer. Although colours show up well, with blacks black and skin tones very natural looking, there is some graininess during parts of the film.


Again, the sound is of average quality, it’s not bad but it doesn’t really show off the best of a film that includes quite a lot of music and singing. A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is included on the DVD, but it is hardly required as the back speakers barely need to be switched on for the majority of the movie.


The review copy of this DVD did not include the advertised features, so I’m unable to provide a proper discussion of them. However, the listed features are minimal, limited to the original trailer, cast & crew biographies and production notes.


It’s not a bad film, merely a cluttered and uneven one. It’s never going to be a classic (even of the teen movie genre), but it has some fun moments. For fans of any of the actors appearing in it (including Swoosie Kurtz and Ed Begley Jr as Berke’s sex therapist parents) it’s worth watching. For anyone else, except the most die-hard of teen movie fans, it might be worth looking elsewhere.


Updated: Jan 05, 2002

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