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Get Over It

review by Zach B.

 

Rated PG-13

Studio: Disney

Running Time: 86 minutes

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Melissa Sagemiller, Sisqo, Shane West, Colin Hanks, Swoosie Kurtz, Ed Begley Jr. and Martin Short

Written by R. Lee Felming, Jr.

Directed by Tommy O'Haver

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Audio Commentary with Director Tommy O'Haver and Writer R. Lee Fleming Jr., Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary, Martin Short Outtakes, "LUV Scud" Music Video, Vitamin C "The Itch" Music Video, Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Martin Short Makeup Test, Original Songs, Sneak Preview, Soundtrack Spot

Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Closed Captions, English Captions, Chapter Selection (18 Chapters)

Berke (Ben Foster) and Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) were best friends as kids, but when she moved away, so did a close friendship. However, Allison walks back into Berke's life during high school when she moves yet again. The two become even closer, however Allison soon dumps Berke for the arrogant Striker (Shane West), a member of the popular boy band "Swing Town Lads" In hopes he can woo back the girl he's loved for so long, Berke decides that he'll join the school play and ditch some of basketball (he's on the school's team) in an attempt to woo her back. The play is an incredibly twisted take on "A Midsummer Night's Dream". However, as Berke tries to win his girl back, he slowly starts to fall for Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), his best friend's younger sister. Since his out of whack parents are no help (Swoosie Kurtz and Ed Beagley Jr. - who host a popular relationship show) to keep Berke in line like "normal" parents, Berke just keeps getting into crazier and crazier situations.

I'll have to admit that I was expecting yet another stupid, dull teen movie for the masses. However, I was really quite surprised how good "Get Over It" really was. While the movie bombed at the box office, signaling yet again the end of this tired genre, "Get Over It" is one of the best, if not the best, recent teen movies I've seen. As long as you don't take the movie too seriously, you'll have an excellent time.

I guess what I really liked about the movie is how light it is and how it put a new original twist on the tired "boy-meets-girl-falls-in-love-with-girl-he-loses-and-he-must-win-her-back-but-realizes-someone-else-is-better" plotline. None of the characters are really developed, they're all pretty much one-sided and everything is perfectly clichéd as well as predictable.

"Get Over It" really has some fantastic things in it that make it the above-average film. For one thing, Martin Short really steals this movie as the director of the play. His nasty but always hilarious Dr. Desmond Forrest-Oates is played to absolute perfection and is one of the best characters in a movie to grace the screen in years. That is a strong statement to be said, especially for a movie like this, but his role is really, really memorable. Why Short chose to do this movie is beyond me, but he's what really makes it what it is. His actions, his mannerisms, his words - everything with the character is over the top and I can't imagine anyone else but Short playing him. I was really happy that his supporting role was actually pretty big. He's the character you just love to hate, but you still like all at the same time. If there's any reason to see this movie, it's because of the always fun and always excellent Martin Short.

The actual musical is another highlight of the movie. Marc Shaiman, a long-time film and TV composer, and co-writer of most of the songs in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" works magic here again as a co-writer. The words and the tunes... hilarious. You'll be rolling in the aisle at the musical and how nuts it is. It's supposed to be serious, but of course, it's a parody. I was disappointed that the songs weren't on the soundtrack, but in either case, the whole sequence is excellent as conflicts in the story come together as well.

The film was written by R. Lee Fleming Jr., who also wrote the highly successful "She's All That". Felming's script creates a familiar world where nothing is really developed, we just go with the flow, and the way it's presented, it's a bit far fetched but still believable at the same time. Again, things are easy to predict, but there's a lot to enjoy in the story such as slapstick comedy, the usual clichés and interesting situations. Tommy O'Haver directed the movie, who was responsible for the gay indie hit "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" O'Haver creates a good overall tone for the movie, as it doesn't boarder around from subject to subject. He keeps it in check and has done some cool things with the play, the opening credit scene and some interesting fantasy sequences.

The teen performers are decent, as they bring their characters to life, but there's not much with the characters to begin with, so everyone fits well. I think it's interesting that Carmen Electra and Coolio also have one line each, and still get some high billing, but it was probably a ploy to bring the audience in.

If you walk into this movie knowing it's fluff and don't go into it too seriously, you're bound to have an excellent time. Again, this movie really surprised me. It brings a perfect mix to the teen genre and it's been one of the most enjoyable movies I've had the pleasure of watching in a long time (and no, I'm not on drugs). Good teen movie, good romantic comedy, a good mix in all. Don't miss "Get Over It" whatever you do... trust me, it's surprisingly good and something a lot can enjoy.

"Get Over It" is presented in a wondrous 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. It's pretty sharp and looks really good for a low budget film, and surprisingly, this movie was shot in Super 35. Sure there are some pieces of dirt and blemishes here and there, but they are barely noticeable and aren't distracting. Blacks are deep and solid, detail is very good and colors as well as fleshtones and hues are right on the spot and look quite accurate plus toned out to their best. Overall, there is very good saturation here as the wide variety of vibrant colors pop right off the screen. The layer change is a bit noticeable as well but it's no big deal. This is one astounding transfer that will really please, and while it may not seem like a movie to show near-reference quality, it really does and is one of Disney's best transfers I've seen for a live-action movie.

"Get Over It" also features a rockin' Dolby Digital 5.1 English track that sounds pretty amazing. The light atmosphere of the movie is perfectly replicated in the track. Surround use is surprisingly good. A big action part toward the end of the movie, not to mention crowds in the school and audience of the big school musical. Still, many of the film's surrounds come directly from the music. There is a lot, and I mean a lot, of music in this movie. The brilliant and funny songs in the musical sound nicely and do make it feel like you're watching a school play. Still, the opening number, other main songs and the background music at the parties and strip club also sound well. .1 LFE extension is good and gives it a good edge, plus fidelity is great. Overall, a pretty nice track that goes with the movie perfectly. English captions, English closed captions and a Dolby Digital 5.1 track in French is also included.

"Get Over It" is pretty featured packed. Kick ass. Despite the film's poor performance, Disney has given it really good treatment, and that makes me very, very happy. First off, the Audio Commentary with Director Tommy O'Haver and Writer R. Lee Fleming Jr. is quite good and they offer very good details about the production (such as Vitamin C lip-synching, not being happy with the film's title as they liked the original "Getting Over Allison" better and a lot of changed dialogue). The two crack jokes about the film's poor performance at the box office toward the start, which I enjoyed. O'Haver pretty much dominates this track, but Fleming does offer his insight on writing it and early drafts, not to mention his inspiration. Fleming does seem a little nervous, though. We also learn from the track the whole "Midnight Summer's Dream" thing came from Harvey Weinstein, trying to combine the success of "Shakespeare In Love" and "She's All That" for the film. O'Haver offers a lot of praise and talks about the changes. It seems they both had a good time with this movie, and this is a very good and light track to accompany the movie. The two are honest, fun and pretty screen specific. They're honest and are willing to point out their mistakes. Fans of the film, don't miss it. It's pretty entertaining and informative.

There are eight Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary, though some of them are actually alternate ones where a line or two is basically changed. The stuff they deleted should have been kept in, everything, from my perspective because it works so well and adds a bit more. The extended scenes, thankfully, were basically cut down. They don't work as well. From the optional commentary, O'Haver leads the way with Fleming joining in here and there. It seems the extended scenes were cut down for a single reason: the MPAA. Got to love them and their crazy objections always. The deleted scenes are cut out because of the pace according to O'Haver, but we can hear that he does have second thoughts. The scenes add up to be a little over nine minutes. Most of the scenes are completed, but some lack sound and music.

I mentioned Martin Short stands out in this movie, and with the Martin Short Outtakes it's non-stop Short which I was very happy to see. Some of these "outtakes" are mess ups, but others are rather alternate improvised lines. These are really funny and worth checking out for sure. They last a good seven minutes and thirteen seconds and are in non-anamorphic letterbox at 2.35:1. They are presented against light piano music which is a good touch. There's also the Martin Short Makeup Test that's about a minute, and is all silent, but features the variety of styles trying to create Short's character's look. I like the one in the film the best, so good choice there.

Two music videos. The faux boy band in the movie, "Swing Town Lads" have a video on the disc, but unfortunately, it's just what's shown in the movie up close, meaning it's not complete, still, it's fun. That's right, the Luv S.C.U.D. Music Video is here and for some reason, Disney spells it "Love Scud"... don't ask me. The other video is "The Itch" by Vitamin C. It's an interesting song and is in non-anamorphic widescreen. It has clips from the movie in the video... plus Dunst in the video itself. This lasts three minutes and twenty-four seconds.

The Behind-The-Scenes Featurette lasts a little over seven minutes and lacks focus... it is purely promotional. It has interviews with Tommy O'Haver, Mila Kunis, Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster and others. Nothing great.

A big draw for me though was the five Original Songs. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman created great songs for the movie, and I said I wished they were on the soundtrack and there was more of them. All these songs are completed and full, plus a text summary of what they are. "The Girl Inside" is the full song Kelly sings at her audition, "Pocketful Of Dreams" is the full version of the rehearsal song, "Pocketful of Ass" is the same song as "Pocketful of Dreams" (I love how Disney still can't spell right on the DVD... check out their spelling) but with different lyrics, "Hermia Let's Run Away" is a duet that was never used with Allison and Berke, and finally, there's "Love Me Hermia" which is the full song Striker sings. It's not in the movie, but some of it is in the deleted scenes section. Very nice section and well presented here.

A few Sneak Peeks are on the disc as well, of course mainly movies aimed at teens: Bounce, "Boys and Girls", "Down To You", She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You. Finally, a thirty-second Soundtrack Spot.

"Get Over It" sadly bombed at the box office, but this is one teen movie that goes in many different directions and breaks new ground for the genre. Sure you can predict what will happen, but it's really a fun, lighthearted movie that works really well. It's nice to see that Disney did not screw it over for the DVD release, as the presentation is wonderful and the extras are simply great. I can only hope this movie finds more of a life on video and DVD, as it does deserve it. While the genre of teen movies is on its last legs, "Get Over It" is worth checking out for young and old.

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