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.
I think if this was filmed in the 1940s, featured an adult cast, and didn’t have a letter ‘g’ getting brutalized by a dog, I may have given it a shot…but this one seems to exist well beyond my endurance levels. However, I enjoyed your fun review!
I’ve been having trouble finding older films that meet the CotC criteria. I watch one that I think will be super-corn and end up legitimately liking it, haha… which is why the ’80s/’90s/early ’00s have been heavily populating the series. Might have to go back to sporadic updates rather than bi-weekly CotCs to remedy this.
I agree…I can see where you’d run into some trouble! At least a corny film from the 1940s or 1950s has some charm to it, and offers a chance to be distracted by bygone locales, classic vehicles, and old ballparks or theaters (always a highlight for me). Most times, I think a corny film of today would be better classified as a crappy film!