Film / Get Over It
A 2001 teen comedy starring Ben Foster
and Kirsten Dunst
. Like 10 Things I Hate About You
and She's the Man
, it is a loose High School
adaptation of a Shakespearean play— in this case, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Berke Landers has been dating his high school sweetheart Allison for years— until the day she dumps him for the vaguely-British
ex-boy band member Striker. Allison and Striker sign up for the upcoming school play, a musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream
, and in an attempt to win back his beloved, Berke does too. Unlike Allison and Striker, Berke has no acting, singing, or dancing talent, and so enlists the help of his best-friend's little sister, Kelly, to teach him the ways of drama. As his rivalry with Striker grows, Berke finds himself growing closer to Kelly... and to add to his troubles, one of the leads breaks his leg, landing Berke with a leading role!
Meanwhile, Berke and his friends find themselves in many American Pie
-esque situations. Hilarity Ensues
While hardly the best of the teen-Shakespeare movies of the 2000s, Get Over It
has an odd charm to it, due in part to its wacky and sometimes surreal humour (rather fitting, considering the source material). Arguably the best part is "A Midsummer Night's Rockin' Eve", the rock musical version of AMSND
they dreamt up for the movie.
This movie provides examples of:
- Almost Kiss: Kelly and Berke, before her Moment Killer brother phones.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Well, it is based off A Midsummer Night's Dream... Kelly loves Berke, Berke loves Allison, Allison loves Striker, Striker is dating Allison but cheats on her, attempting it once with Kelly... yeah.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: How Berke sees his parents. They force him to talk about his break-up on live television, they respond to his arrest in a strip club by offering to take him out for frozen yoghurt (then offering to take him home and let him masturbate) and they only reason they get mad about the Wild Teen Party he (technically, Felix) throws later on is because had they known, they could've paid for a DJ. Berke finally snaps at them after that last one, but they don't seem to notice.
Berke: You're my parents for god's sake, STOP TRUSTING ME!
- Ambiguously Gay: Dr. Oates, the drama teacher, who is very flamboyant and loves musical theatre.
- Also Peter Wong, the school's resident theatre geek who at one point refers to Doctor Forest Oates as his "special friend."
- Amusing Injuries: Dora Lynn's entire character, not to mention an incident where Striker throws nun-chuks and hits a woman in the crotch. Later in the movie, Kelly accidentally shoots Berke with a crossbow.
- And Starring: Martin Short
- As Himself: Coolio and Vitamin C.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Jessica to Dr Oates. Poor girl puts up with all kinds of crap from him, and gets nun-chucked in the "front bum" for her troubles.
- Bikini Bar: In order to get a PG-13 rating, the strip club is less explicit than originally intended, resulting in this.
- Black Best Friend: Allison's best friend Maggie, played by Zoe Saldana in one of her earliest roles.
- Boy Band: Striker was a member of one called "The Swingtown Lads"
- Cannot Spit It Out: Dennis to Basin
- Catapult Nightmare: Berke after the opening credits.
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Berke's friend Dennis and Kelly's friend Basin hook up, as do Felix and Dora Lynn.
- Convenient Slow Dance: Inverted when the generic moderate-tempo background music gets turned up to high-tempo music the second a character asks another to dance.
- Credits Gag: The end credits drop this lovely little disclaimer:
- Dance Party Ending: See Sudden Musical Ending.
- Duet Bonding: The way Berke and Kelly get close
- Elaborate University High: The school grounds are absurdly nice, including a pool with apparent stadium seating.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Steve really doesn't like being called "Little Steve," but his halfhearted complaints fail to dissuade anyone.
- Follow the Leader: It's clear they were channeling American Pie with certain jokes (the horny dog, the strip club scene, Felix's entire character), and of course there's the "Shakespeare High School A.U." thing
- Girl Next Door: Kelly
- Groin Attack: A female version courtesy of Striker's accidentally thrown nunchucks.
Dr. Oates: Keep icing your front-bum!
- High School Sweethearts: Berke and Allison were said to be "the quintessential high school couple", and Berke wants to get back together.
- Hot for Teacher: Peter Wong for Dr. Oates, apparently.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Kelly waves a crossbow around in front of Berke, believing it to be a prop, and it goes off and shoots him in the arm.
- Imagine Spot: All of Berke's dream sequences, plus one with Dr. Oates where he conducts to hobos.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Allison is remarkably accepting of Berke getting together with Kelly.
- The Klutz: Felix tries to set Berke up with Dora Lynn, a hot girl who happens to be one in a ''big'' way.
- Ms. Fanservice: Carmen Electra as a dominatrix and in a Gold Bikini in the credits.*
- The Musical: Dr. Desmond Oates, the drama teacher, wrote a rock-musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which includes such classics as "Fun to be a Fairy" and "Pocketful of Dreams." And is hilarious.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Felix acts like this toward Kelly, which becomes problematic when Berke starts showing interest... Subverted in the end when Felix grows to accept it.
- Off the Rails: Their version of Midsummer Night's Dream ends with Lysander and Helena getting together.
- Open-Minded Parent: Berke's parents are hosts on a sex talk show, much to Berke's chagrin.
- Pair the Spares: At the end. Berke's friend (played by Sisqo) finally get's Kelly's best friend, and Felix nets Dora Lynn.
- Phrase Catcher: "Put your hand down, Little Steve!"
- School Play: Obviously the climax of the film.
- Serenade Your Lover: Perhaps as a parody/homage to 10 Things I Hate About You, Berke does this to Allison with the song "Allison"... after they broke up. And he's drunk.
- She Is All Grown Up: Allison at the start of the movie (consider she and Berke used to "play doctor")
- Show Within a Show: The play, naturally.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Dr. Oates again, who claims to have nearly composed a song with Diana Ross (what he means is she stepped on his cassette as she walked past a media frenzy).
- Small Reference Pools: Pretty well everyone who went to an English-speaking school has read the original play. (If you haven't, no, we don't care.)
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The opening credits sequence begins right after Allison dumps Berke and features an elaborately choreographed song and dance rendition of... Love Will Keep Us Together.
- Spontaneous Choreography: See above.
- Sudden Musical Ending: Sure, the movie is about a stage musical, but the big song and dance at the end take place after the show's over.
- Stylistic Suck: Certain parts of the school play - particularly Helena's original "love song".
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Berke spends most of the movie pining after Allison, but it's only as he becomes attracted to Kelly that she tries to get back together with him. It doesn't work.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: One of the guests at the Wild Teen Party pukes in the punch bowl.
- Walking Disaster Area: Terrible things just seem to happen around Dora Lynn... at one point resulting in her falling into a coma for five years.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: Striker pulls out a pair of nunchucks to intimidate Berke, leading him to shout, "Who keeps nunchucks in their pants?!"
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: In-Universe, Striker's accent is described as "sounding like Madonna."
- Wild Teen Party: Felix organizes one... at Berke's house... without Berke's knowledge... though one of the key aspects is averted: While Berke's parents walk in, they aren't mad he had a party, they're upset they didn't know or they would've sprung for a DJ.
- Your Other Left: Unsurprisingly, stage directions can get confusing.
Dr. Desmond Forest Oates: What direction do you think "left" is? See, because if you go with your instinct and reverse it, I think we have something happening. How difficult is this? I'm so alone, I think.