As children of the 80s started producing teen comedies, the 00s brought forth a too self-assured brand of teen comedy that tried to rehash those John Hughes movies of their youth, but got caught up in trying to make every possible pop culture reference that they produced mildly enjoyable,which lead to immensely forgettable and amazingly messy movies. 2001s Get Over It, is one of those movies.
After a brief recap of every teenage “our love is forever” style romance between our loser sad sack lead Berke and his girlfriend Allison (00s staple non-offensive pretty girl, Melissa Sagemiller) we hear the best breakup line ever:
Trends fade, bread molds, people die.
Before I go any further, I refuse to call the lead “Berke.” It’s terrible. Also, no matter how many independent and period dramas Ben Foster may now be in, he will always be Tucker from Flash Forward, the best Canadian import to ever air on Disney channel, and YES I’m including Fifteen, so don’t ask.
Tucker is crushed because he was still blindly believing that this was forever love because he’s 17 and he’s an idiot. He now walks home sadly while Vitamin C pops out of a garage with a band and lip syncs “Love Will Keep Us Together.”
The movie follows a pretty traditional teen comedy plot, even if it attempts to be more self-aware: the keyword is attempts. Tucker tries to win back Allison by joining the school’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He gets coached through it by his best friend (Colin Hanks)’s younger sister (Kirsten Dunst), who he will eventually fall in love with because her beauty and love was always RIGHT THERE BEFORE HIM.
There is supposedly a super loose interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream happening throughout the plot, as the 2000s decided it was time to give all those plays a Letters to Cleo soundtrack and add even more slapstick. Since the movie is trying really hard to play off these tropes, and also add fun teenage sex comedy, it results in a perfect time capsule of the 2000s. There are messy side plots that have nothing to do with anything and recurring gags that should’ve been cut during the editing phase, but they didn’t and this is why no one remembers this movie. People should remember Martin Short’s bits though, because he is entirely worth watching the entire film for.
OH DID I MENTION THAT A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM IS A MUSICAL?
Yes, as with any good teen comedy, the whole story comes to a head at the school musical (substitute prom or dance or graduation). The fun part is that we can play off weird theater kid stereotypes, like the overzealous star student, the super type A stage manager, and the burnout stage crew. The orchestra pit is so beyond the point of caring regarding the musical, they summarize it in perhaps the best, most accurate representation of teenage wit, “Down here we call it pocketful of ass.”
Ways You Know this is the Early 2000s
- Vitamin C cameo(s)
- Sisqo plays a major role. (I bet you thought I was going to link the “Thong Song.”)
- Shane West is in this. Shane West also has a terrible accent, which I think is supposed to be a conscious choice, but that might be giving the movie too much credit.
- Obligatory teen boy band dig
- Kirsten Dunst sings an original composition because she’s kind of alternative, but not too much to make it an actual plot point about dating outside your social status. Also she wears slouchy/sexy knits because she wants to be like Joni Mitchell, I guess.
- This outfit appears, which makes me think that we’ve cycled through fashion and are back at the early 2000s because I pretty much wore this girl’s outfit to work today.
- TUCKER AUDITIONS FOR THE SCHOOL PLAY BY SINGING THE BIG RED COMMERCIAL.
- This happens.
- This also happens.
Get Over It is now on Netflix Instant, in case you are bored or hungover, or you were wondering what Mila Kunis did between seasons of That 70s Show.