Directed by Tommy O'Haver, starring Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster and Melissa Sagemiller
Having received rave reviews for her performance as troubled schoolgirl Lux Lisbon in 'The Virgin Suicides', 'Get Over It' finds Kirsten Dunst exploring the happier side of teen traumas and first love. She plays Kelly Woods, a bright spark with a major crush on her older brother's friend Berke Landers (Foster). The problem is Berke has just broken up with his vision of Miss Right, Allison (Sagemiller) and only sees Kelly as a shoulder to cry on. But when Kelly suggests that he should audition with her for the school's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', in a bid to win leading lady Allison back, little does Berke realise that the drama onstage will have nothing on his personal life.
O'Haver's film carries a PG15 certificate which is a shame because its sickly sweet but undeniably warm look at romance on the rebound merits an audience below that age. Granted every set piece and Shakespeare reference (scriptwriter R Lee Fleming also penned 'She's All That') has been reheated in countless teen comedies, but what saves 'Get Over It' is Dunst's portrayal of Kelly. In a genre which preaches that it's what's inside that counts while simultaneously bombarding kids with characters that look like they've stepped off a catwalk, Dunst brings both heart and intelligence to the role. Her scenes with Foster play more like real life than Hollywood hokum and there's a gentle innocence to the relationship which date back to the 70's TV shows O'Haver parodies throughout the film. O'Haver's also smart enough to know that he's dealing with a wafer thin script and pads it out with some nice musical sequences which showcase Dunst's vocal talents.
The opening night of the play is a hoot, everything that can go wrong does – and everything that's meant to be finds a way to happen. O'Hayer has some way to go before doing a John Hughes ('The Breakfast Club', 'Pretty In Pink') but 'Get Over It' is a headstart.