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:: Get Over It

From the writer of “She’s All That” (R. Lee Fleming Jr.) and the director of “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” (O’Haver), Get Over It does not exactly break new ground in the teen romantic comedy genre. Neither does it quite reach the heights of the eighties teen films, “Sixteen Candles” or “The Breakfast Club”. It is however a pretty enjoyable film, in the mode of “Ten Things I Hate About You”.

Instead of modernising Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, Get Over It takes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and turns it into a musical, directed by the school drama teacher, played in his usual over the top way by Martin Short. The parallels in plot are echoed in the fantasy sequences as the leads all take the corresponding parts in the play.

Berke, played by Ben Foster, is dumped by his girlfriend, Allison (Melissa Sagemiller). She starts going out with new kid on the block, Striker, a pretentious ex member of an all boy band (Shane West). In his attempts to get her back Berke does not see the affections of his best friends younger sister, played with great charm by Kirsten Dunst. Tom Hanks’ son, Colin, plays Berke’s best friend, Felix.

The script is uneven, the conflict as Berke tries to juggle basketball and play rehearsals seems to escalate but never pays off and the device of his friends trying to find him someone new is used once and then forgotten about. The characters aren’t exactly original or deep, but the cast all looked like they were having a great time making this film and their enthusiasm is infectious.

There are a few American Pie moments, and a few attempts at cheap titillation, but on the whole it’s an inoffensive, fun diversion, with some refreshing musical numbers. The soundtrack includes songs by Fatboy Slim and Elvis Costello and the film includes appearances by music stars Vitamin C and Sisqo.

Screening on general release