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Get Over It

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tommy O'Haver
Produced by Michael Burns
Marc Butan
Written by R. Lee Fleming, Jr.
Starring Ben Foster
Kirsten Dunst
Melissa Sagemiller
Shane West
Colin Hanks
Zoe Saldana
Mila Kunis
Music by Steve Bartek
Cinematography Maryse Alberti
Editing by Jeff Betancourt
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) March 9, 2001 (2001-03-09)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Gross revenue $19,900,366

Get Over It is a 2001 American romantic comedy film directed by Tommy O'Haver. The film mixes concepts from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and stereotypical American teen comedies of the time.



Berke Landers (Ben Foster) and his childhood sweetheart Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) were the quintessential high-school couple. Until she dumps him. His world crumbling around him, Berke struggles to win Allison back with the help of his friends Felix (Colin Hanks) and Dennis (Sisqó), hindered by the entrance of her new man, 'foreign' student and ex-boy band member Striker (Shane West).

With the help of Felix's younger sister, Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), a talented songwriter and singer, Berke wins a minor role in his school's upcoming play A Midsummer Night's Rockin' Eve, a modern musical version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream written and directed by the domineering Dr. Desmond Oates (Martin Short). Striker plays Demetrius, Allison plays Hermia, Kelly plays Helena, and Lysander is to be played by the school's star actor, Peter Wong.

After Peter is grounded by a freak accident, Striker nominates Berke to take over the role of Lysander, and, in an effort to win Allison back, Berke agrees to this despite his lack of any singing or dancing skill. He gradually improves with continuing assistance from Kelly, but remains unaware of the growing attraction between the two of them. Meanwhile, Oates blames Kelly's singing for his own poorly written song and rejects her suggestions to improve it.

At a party at Berke's house, Kelly kisses Berke, but he insists that the relationship could not work because she is Felix's sister. She leaves him, annoyed at his unwillingness to move on with his life, and Felix, coming across the two, punches Berke. At the same party, Berke and Allison catch Striker cheating on Allison with her best friend Maggie (Zoe Saldana), and so Allison breaks up with Striker.

On the play's opening night, the first half of the performance goes smoothly except for some onstage scuffling between Berke and Striker. During the intermission, Allison confides to Berke that she wants to get back together with him, leaving him with a difficult choice between her and Kelly. Meanwhile, Striker bribes two of the theater technicians to try and blow up Berke using stage pyrotechnics. Before the play resumes, Felix gives the orchestra sheet music for a love ballad written by Kelly to replace Oates' unpopular tune.

After the curtain rises, Kelly sings her song so beautifully that Berke is reminded of their time together and finally realizes he loves her. As the fourth act begins, he abandons his lines from the script and makes up his own verse professing his character's love for Kelly's character Helena. The audience applauds as Berke and Kelly kiss. Striker protests this change, but unwittingly signals the technicians to set off the explosion, blowing him offstage. Kelly and Berke leave the theater after the show, looking forward to their future together as they discuss the next night's performance.



Get Over It was originally rated R due to more sexual dialogue by Mistress Moira and a more explicit view of the strip club. It was cut in order to achieve the teen audience the film was aimed for.[citation needed]

The film currently holds a 50 percent "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 52 on Metacritic. Scores ranged from San Francisco Chronicle's generous 100 and LA Weekly's highly critical 20; the film has been called a 'lobotomised updating of A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

The film opened at number 7 in the box office with $4,134,977 and closed after five weeks. Based on a $10 million budget, Get Over It earned $19,900,366 worldwide.[citation needed]

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