Volume 94, Issue 92
Thursday, March 15, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
A rare teen flick rainbow
Photo By Kerry Hayes
FOCUS PEOPLE, FOCUS! Martin Short plays a high school drama teacher in the new teenage comedy Get Over It.
Get Over It
Starring: Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Sisqo
Directed By: Tommy O'Haver
By Tara Dermastja
Finally, after a storm of two star quality teen-inspired movies, Hollywood has finally produced a rainbow.
In this case, that rainbow is an over-the-top production filled with grotesque humour, a few has-beens and enough genuine laughs to guarantee moderate success. Get Over It is a refreshing attempt to explain high school puppy love.
Granted, the story is old. Berke (Ben Foster) has lost the love of Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) and will stop at nothing to get her back. Encouraged by his two friends, Dennis (Sisqo) and Felix (Colin West), Berke decides to get over the breakup by starting to date other people.
At that point, he joins Allison, her new boyfriend Striker, Felix's younger sister Kelly (Kirsten Dunst) and just about everyone else, as cast members of their high school musical.
Immediately, the students fall prey to the nagging director, Dr. Desmond Forrest Oates (Martin Short). Slowly, as practices begin, Berke finds himself torn between winning back Allison or taking a chance with the ever-sweet Kelly.
Armed with a few famous faces and a bunch of newcomers, Get Over It has its flaws. After a break from the screen, Short takes over-the-top to a whole new level, sometimes providing flakes of entertainment, but mainly attempting to steal the show from the kids.
Sadly, the script doesn't break away from what many screenwriters have developed in the past. The casting of Sisqo is clearly an attempt to con fans of the singer into going to see the film, even if only to watch his innocent, B-quality act on the big screen.
In addition, having Berke's parents Beverly (Swoosie Kurtz) and Frank (Ed Begley Jr.) always acting cool and never getting upset, no matter how trashed the house is, gets tiring.
Then again, Get Over It also has a few treats other films like Down to You and Loser seem to lack. Dunst is believable as the girl with a dream who hopes to sing her own songs and catch Foster's heart, while West is hilarious as Striker, the former boyband member who torments Berke to no end.
Sagemiller is semi-decent as the heartbreaker and Mila Kunis (That 70s Show) struts her stuff as a friend/chorus member.
But it's Ben Foster that truly elevates the film to a whole new playing field. Foster turns the role into an absolute and adorable riot, as Berke endures countless trials in his quest to regain love.
For those not interested in what goes on in the Hollywood fabrications of teenage tribulation, avoid this movie. But for anyone willing to take a chance on yet another Hollywood teen flick, don't be discouraged. Get Over It will somehow satisfy.
Copyright © The Gazette 2000