From The Depths of Netflix: Get Over It

By Molly

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Illustration by Livy

One Saturday night when my emotions could be described as “Fifty Shades of FOMO,” I decided to distract myself from this and search for a movie from my favorite category on Netflix: “High School Romantic Comedy.” I was immediately blessed with Get Over It and all of its pure genius.

Nothing is more exciting to me than seeing a now-famous actor in a movie they were in before they became truly famous. This is basically why 2001’s Get Over It is my dream come true—it features Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis, Colin Hanks, Shane West, and Zoe Saldana from their fetus days. It also features Martin Short, Vitamin C, Carmen Electra, and Sisqó right around the time of his “Thong Song” fame.

After I stopped fangirling over Shane West, I decided to actually focus on the plot, which is loosely based off of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What happens is this: Ben Foster plays Berke, a guy who just got dumped by his long time girlfriend, Allison who Berke tries to win back from Shane West’s character, Striker, a British boy band sensation with an adorably cheesy accent. Allison and Striker audition for A Midsummer Night’s Rockin’ Eve a musical that is written and directed by their drama teacher played by Martin Short. Berke also decides to audition in his plan to reconnect with Allison, which his best friends Felix (Colin Hanks) and Dennis (Sisqó) disagree with because they want to try to find him a new girlfriend. Felix’s younger sister Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), who is also in the play, helps Berke learn his lines and develops a crush on him. At the end, Berke has to choose between Kelly and Allison and there’s a totally casual dance number where the entire cast sings Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”

Some of my favorite parts about this movie are the outfits which are awesome, borderline ridiculous 90s/early 2000s looks, the opening and closing dance numbers, and Berke’s parents’ relationship advice show where rapper Coolio is a guest star (probably not a “Gangsta’s Paradise” but still exciting nonetheless)!!!!

Get Over It is one of those movies that should definitely be considered one of the teen movie classics like Mean Girls, Clueless, or 10 Things I Hate About You. This overlooked movie is a true masterpiece that I’m 100% sure that Shakespeare, its inspiration, would be proud of.

 

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