In age where we've all seen way too many teen movies, another one hits theaters, with the generic title Get Over It. The movie is destined for disaster, its only big names being supporting actors Kirsten Dunst and Martin Short, most would predict... Except that Get Over It has something that a lot of the other teen movies don't, and that is enthusiasm.
The story is about a high school boy (Ben Foster) who joins a musical version of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" to win back his girlfriend, but ends up finding feelings for his best friend's little sister (Kirsten Dunst), who is helping him rehearse. Along the way, Foster experiences setbacks that basically are PG-13 versions of what Jason Biggs experiences in American Pie. Foster's character is not as much as a girl idiot as Biggs is, but still finds himself in many embarrassing situations, most of which are genuinely entertaining.
Foster himself does a terrific job in the lead role, bringing a dry sense of humor to the screen. In fact, he reminded me a lot of me, just in the way that he sarcastically responds to the situations he encounters. Martin Short is hilarious as the stage director, and the rest of the cast does a pretty good job as well. My only annoyance is Sisqo, who really doesn't do that bad of a job, but who seems out of place in the movie for some reason. His musical number during the credits really sucks.
Get Over It does resemble a lot of other movies, but the jokes are a little fresher, the acting is a little better, the characters are a little more upstanding, and all around it just is a little more entertaining.
The movie only suffers in two small categories. The first problem is that Get Over It occassionally uses dream sequences set in the "Midsummer's Night Dream" world, which really aren't that entertaining. The other problem is that the movie never really wraps up Shane West's character (Whatever It Takes), who is the jerk of the movie. Time and time again it is suggested that his European accent is fake, but in the end, it never is revealed to be fake. Furthermore, neither Foster nor his ex-girlfriend get a chance at revenge. It just seems like the movie finishes up a little too quickly.
Get Over It was surprisingly entertaining, and besides a few overly cheesy moments, has some real heart and some real entertainment.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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