Berke Landers (Ben Foster) is your typical high school jock. He’s popular, he’s a star of the basketball team, and he’s dating Allison (Melissa Sagemiller), one of the most sought-after girls in school.
But when Allison dumps Berke, he starts to lose his mind a little bit. He decides he’ll audition for the school’s spring musical, knowing that Allison will also be performing in it, in order to win her back. He enlists Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), the sister of his best friend Felix (Colin Hanks), to help him out.
“Get dumped. Get pumped. Get even,” with 2001’s Get Over It, a teen rom-com directed by Tommy O’Haver (Ella Enchanted). Following in the tradition of Clueless, Get Over It is adapted from a classic piece of literature — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The script is credited to R. Lee Fleming Jr., the same writer credited for She’s All That.
I thought this was going to be an average early millennium teen comedy, until Berke floated through a cartoon-ish vortex and was followed by a band miming along to “Love Will Keep us Together” within the first five minutes.
Get Over It boasts a cast which includes Sisqo, Colin Hanks, Kirsten Dunst (who, like in Bring It On, takes on a coach role here, attempting to sculpt Berke into a master of the theatrical arts), young Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Shane West (rocking a really bad fake accent), Ed Begley Jr. and Martin Short. An odd combination of actors to say the very least, and they come together to make a spectacularly corny slice of early-Millennium cinema.
It’s a film so corny it’s even got a fake boy band with a hit song called “LUV SCUD.” A film so corny that one of the jokes is the mispronunciation of Joni Mitchell as “Josie Mitchell.” A film so corny that Berke’s dad offers to share the affections of Berke’s mom with Coolio on live television. A film so corny that it has a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” dream sequence, with poorly-constructed costumes and all. A film so corny that it makes dramatic use of thought bubbles on screen.
All of that layered with a mix of truly awful songs sung by the cast (as well as much more enjoyable hit ’90s/early Millennium jams) makes for a real treat. Catch this one on Netflix Instant next time you’re craving an entire block of cheddar.