Monday, June 20, 2011

Awesomely Bad Movie Review: GET OVER IT

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Here's my dirty little secret: my love for all things teen-themed extends beyond YA literature ... I love teen rom coms of the terrible movie variety. If you were to peruse my Netflix queue, you might be a little appalled ... or perhaps just think I had a 14 year old living in my house. But no, they're all for me. And this weekend, I got to rediscover another one:

I remember seeing this when it came out. I'm pretty sure they ran it on my campus movie channel, which means I watched about 7 or 8 times in a month (each month they'd pick about 10 movies and show them on a rotation ... my roommate and I could totally quote The Wedding Planner and The American President by the end of our freshman year). It was a fun distraction from studying, but once it left the movie channel I never really thought about it again. Until today, when it popped up on my Netflix Instant queue. I threw it on while starting an epic cleaning of my house, and was surprised that I actually wanted to sit down and watch it again!

I think this one can move from "horrible" to "tragically overlooked." Seriously. I'm going to stand up for Get Over It here and now. First of all? Ben Foster. You know you love him. That love blossomed when he played Tucker on the delightful Disney Channel series Flash Forward. And don't even try to pretend you don't know what I'm talking about:

But anyway, back to the movie. Ben Foster is awesomely cute and seriously snarky and hilarious. It came out in 2001, during the downslide of the retelling of classic literature movies (that started with Romeo + Juliet, and quickly bred CluelessTen Things I Hate About YouO, Ever After, and Hamlet). Get Over It retells a Midsummer Night's Dream set in high school, during a production of a musical version called A Midsummer Night's Rockin' Eve. Have I got ya there? It's awesomely campy, which makes it wicked fun to watch. The cast is pretty ridiculous, too: the aforementioned Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst (pre-Manic Pixie Dreamgirl downslide), Shane West (doing a bad English accent), Colin Hanks (I've always had a lil crush on him), Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Martin Short (as the ridiculously hilarious and campy drama director ... if you ever wished that Sparky Polastri had been in ALL of Bring It On, he's kind of like that), and Sisqo ... yes, THAT Sisqo. Of "The Thong Song" fame.

And there's singing. Oh yes, lots of awesome singing, the best of which is Kirsten Dunst's big number (of course, my inner teenage girl full-on SWOONS).

Is it Oscar worthy? No. It's not even up to 10 Thing standards, but it's still a really fun flick if you're stuck inside on a rainy Saturday. And have I mentioned that it's available on Netflix Instant?

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