The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0581  Monday, 12 March 2001

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 11 Mar 2001 14:59:52 -0500
Subject:        New Teen Comedy Out with MND in It

Get Over It, a new teen comedy with the wonderful Kristin Dunst of the
fab films Dick and Bring It on, invokes the now standard equation of
faeries in MND with "faeries" as in slang for gay men.

The director made an earlier romantic comedy about a gay man, so I
assume, perhaps mistakenly, that the director is gay.

Here is a negative review:

Saturday, March 10,2001


"GET Over It," a lame teen comedy that snuck into theaters yesterday
without advance screenings for critics, is basically a Freddie Prinze
Jr. movie without Prinze, courtesy of R. Lee Fleming, who wrote Prinze's
"She's All That."

High school student Berke (Ben Foster), who's dumped by his beautiful
girlfriend (Melissa Sagemiller, looking like she's in her early 30s),
tries to get her back by signing up for an amateur musical production of
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" that features her new boyfriend (Shane
West), the leader of a boy band.

Berke is coached by the little sister of his best friend (Colin Hanks),
and given that she's played by marquee name Kirsten Dundst (who is
scarcely challenged by the material), there's little doubt he'll find a
romantic alternative.

It's scarcely enough story for a half-hour TV sitcom, much less an
82-minute movie, which director Tommy O'Haver ("Billy's Hollywood Screen
Kiss") pads out with charmless fantasy sequences, a dull trip to a sex
club with Carmen Electra, plus such ancient bits as poor Berke walking
into a basketball court wearing only a jock strap.

Foster, who was very good in "Liberty Heights," exhibits less screen
presence here than second-banana Hanks, whose father, Tom, also endured
schlock like this early in his career.

Such laughs as there are go mostly to Martin Short, who camps it up as
the director of the show and the author of its 12 excruciating songs,
far too many of which are heard.

Among them is a little ditty entitled "It's Fun to Be a Fairy,"
delivered by a chorus including the pop singer Sisquo. He looks much
happier doing this than when he has to deliver dialogue, which he does
with facial expressions normally associated with root canal.


Schlocky-looking, direct-to-video-caliber teen romance

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