The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0639  Friday, 16 March 2001

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 15 Mar 2001 21:42:05 -0500
Subject:        Get Over It

I saw Get Over It tonight and can report that it is decent teen comedy
in its own right with fab performances form Martin Short as the theater
interest, Ed Begley, Jr. as the obnoxiously "fly" and "dope" Dad, and
Kristin Dunst as a composer, singer, dancer, actress, and the love
interest. Rapper  Sisquo (of the Thong Song--lyrics at
http://www.molokozone.btinternet.co.uk/thong.htm fame) is pretty good
too.  Any Shakespearean interested in Shakespeare and film / mass
culture will want to see it, as the musical production of MND (it's
called A Midsummer's Rockin' Eve) is central to the entire film.  The
assumption of the production is that Shakespeare is dead, that his plays
are too old to be performed today because his poetry is incomprehensible
to the average guy or gal.  But the film offers a critique by having
Dunst's character rewrite one of the songs fusing some of Shakespeare's
lines with her own in a schlocky Disney like showtune.  It's a lot
better than the rest of the music, and everyone in the audience loves
it.  In addition to the musical, the film also cross-references 70s
retro (disco music), dog love, strip clubs, and late 90s boy bands like
the Backstreet Boys and N Sync. More at
http://us.imdb.com/Title?0192071#comment and official site at

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