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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • It's mentioned that Dr Oates has a wife. Do they just have an Awful Wedded Life because of his attitude? Or is he actually gay, and she's The Beard. Jessica mentions her using a slur on the phone. Perhaps it was the F-word?
    • Is Alison viewed too cynically by the narrative? After all, she has every right to want to date someone else, and she did break it off with Berke before she started dating Striker. On the other hand, Striker continually antagonises Berke just to rub his face in the fact that he's Alison's new boyfriend - and Alison does nothing to stop this. But perhaps she is a good person deep down, and her bitchier tendencies are brought out by Maggie.
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    • Berke is cast as Lysander in the play, and his role in the film seems to parallel this - as his girlfriend leaves him for another boy. But what if Berke is actually the Demetrius figure? He spends the whole film pursuing a girl who's of higher social standing than himself (Hermia in the play is gentry, Alison is the Alpha Bitch). Said girl is not interested in him, and the relationship she enters into is entirely consensual on both parties ( Stryker's cheating notwithstanding). After 90 minutes of Berke chasing her with Kelly's help, he comes to fall in love with Kelly and make a grand gesture transferring his interest from Alison to her - just as Demetrius does to Helena.
  • Awesome Moments:
    • Kelly decides to swap out the cheesy love song that was written for Helena (we only hear two lines of it but it's safe to say it's just as awful as the rest of the play's music) with a song she wrote called "Dream of Me". A beautiful ballad, it moves everyone in the audience and encourages Berke to realise his feelings for her. Not to mention Dr Forest Oates is initially furious that his music was changed, but he is visibly delighted with the performance (and he'd previously mocked Kelly for writing a song on her own). It's a nice analogue to some versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream that have Flute turn out to be a good actor in the Pyramus & Thisbe tableau - and that's the route they took in the 1999 film version.
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    • Not to mention Dennis nailing the choreography of the fairy dance number. It's doubly impressive that he was able to catch on after only being cast at the last minute. Of course Sisqo is a trained dancer, but that doesn't detract from the awesome factor.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Cover of "September" played over the credits.
    • Also "Dream of Me", Kelly's song from the play. Kirsten Dunst has a beautiful singing voice.
    • Shane West's rendition of "Alison" is pretty good too.
  • Catharsis Factor: There's something very cathartic when Stryker cheats on Alison with her best friend and tries to put the moves on Kelly, giving her a hefty dose of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Cliché Storm: General reaction was that it had a predictable plot (especially Berke falling for Kelly as he tries to win back Alison), but it still had its own charm. Not to mention having some good actors with a lot of chemistry.
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  • Critical Research Failure: The movie depicts the fairies bewitching Hermia into falling for Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the play she is only betrothed to Demetrius at her father's orders. The fairies bewitch the men, not the women. Although this is an Imagine Spot for Berke before he has even read the play, and the love juice is shown being applied to the correct characters in the actual version at the end, so it's possible this is intentional.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Berke's parents for being a different kind of embarrassing - the crowner being responding to him getting busted at a strip club with congratulations. They ask if he wants to go home and have A Date with Rosie Palms too.
  • Ham and Cheese: Martin Short is clearly having a lot of fun hamming it up as the school play director.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Striker serenading Alison with the song of the same name - which is about the titular girl being disappointed. Striker cheats on her twice later in the film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As Peter Wong, freshly after being injured, is carted away by paramedics, he cries out that Dr. Oates was HIS 'special friend', a student/teacher relationship that is unnerving in its own right, but made cringe-worthy still after the fact as the celebrity name that Oates drops in the same scene mere moments later is Kevin Spacey. Possibly unintentional, as Spacey's legal troubles came some 17 years after Get Over It was released.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Dr Forest Oates's shocked reaction when the audience applauds his play mirrors how many admit that the film is cliched but still very enjoyable. Roger Ebert even said it was "not without its charms".
  • Heartwarming Moments: Berke admits his feelings for Kelly on stage by changing the ending of the play so that Lysander and Helena end up together. Bonus points for Alison getting the message and nodding understandably.
    Berke: "Although fair Hermia's soul and mine will forever intertwine, alas we must forever part. For lo, to another belongs this heart." Cue The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Kirsten Dunst filmed this movie around the same time as Spider-Man. There she got to be on the other side of an unrequited love triangle. At first anyway.
    • Dr Forest Oates says to Jessica - "how do you get dressed in the morning? Do you have people come in while you just lie in state?" - and Kelly walks in just as he says this. A few years later Kirsten Dunst stars in Marie Antoinette, which has a memorable scene where she can't get dressed until the entire household touches her garments.
    • Mila Kunis plays a bad dancer who gets stuck as part of the chorus. Then comes Black Swan where she's seen as a threat to the prima ballerina.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Dr Oates is a Prima Donna Director who treats most people like crap, but it's hard not to feel a little bit sorry for him when you see flashbacks that show he never made it as a director. He's legitimately happy when he hears applause for his play at the end.
  • Love to Hate: Dr Forest Oates of course, thanks to some Crosses the Line Twice humour and Martin Short's performance.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The music and choreography for the play is terrible. But it's also So Bad, It's Good. Bonus points for the Totally Radical nature of it.
    • Shane West's accent is ridiculous but it's clearly intentional, and most of the characters lampshade it.
      "Stryker, be careful. You're starting to sound a lot like Mary Poppins."
    • Berke's musical audition for the play - where the song of choice is the Big Red chewing gum jingle. It morphs from being Cringe Comedy to being awesome.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dora Lynn, the biggest and most disastrous clutz known to mankind. She only has one major sequence in the early part of the film, and doesn't reappear until the end. But she's one of the funniest characters in the movie.
  • One True Pairing: Berke and Kelly become this due to the fantastic chemistry between Ben Foster and Kirsten Dunst.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Signature Scene: The "Dream of Me" scene is the most remembered part of the movie.
  • Stoic Woobie: Pratfalls aside, Berke is just a teenage boy who's had his heart broken by the love of his life. Not to mention his Amazingly Embarrassing Parents and the fact that the universe enjoys making him suffer. It's a wonder he doesn't snap at all.

  • Testosterone Brigade: Featuring a cast of gorgeous ladies such as Kirsten Dunst, Melissa Sagemiller, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Kylie Bax and a cameo from Carmen Electra. There's also a scene where Kirsten and Mila are in bikinis, and the girls in the play either wear flattering Grecian dresses or Fairy Sexy costumes.


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