Late night movies on TV usually consist of years old blockbusters or straight to DVD crap. The other night WGN America showed the 2001 high school romantic comedy “Get Over It” and afterward I wondered how I missed this when it came to the theaters. From the funny title sequence to the musical number before the end credits the cast of then relatively unknowns make “Get Over It” a fun time.
When Berke Landers, played by Ben Foster, gets dumped by his girlfriend, Allison, played by Melissa Sagemiller, he soon begins a quest to win her back by trying out and getting a lead in a twisted musical version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. His best friend Felix’s sister Kelly, played by Kirsten Dunst, helps Berke in his plans but as usually happens, a love triangle develops between Berke, Allison, and Kelly.
The best part of the film was seeing the plot of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” play out in the “real world” of the characters. The musical they are working on is a trip and the part of the drama teacher, Dr. Desmond Forrest Oates, deliciously played by Martin Short, just makes for a fun time.
There are some other characters in the film played by actors we see today. It’s fun to see actors like Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and Colin Hanks in early roles. Mila and Kirsten in bikinis in one scene wasn’t bad eye candy either.
Another fun part of the film is the funny musical title sequence which has singer Vitamin C lip syncing to the Captain & Tennille hit “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Watch for the marching band toward the end…:
Like I said, if you are looking for a decent high school romantic comedy that isn’t gross, look for “Get Over It” on TV or buy it on DVD.