Get Over It
from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
won't get any extra points for the originality of the premise. The
average high school guy is crazy about the coolest, most
beautiful girl in school, but she dumps him and starts dating a really
hot exchange student who seems to be great at everything. Our hero
enlists the little sister of his best friend to help him get his girl
back, and ......... gee, guess who he falls for? And guess who has
been secretly in love with him since they were in diapers?
|Despite that completely
lame concept, the movie is OK, mainly because of charismatic
performances by Kirsten Dunst and Sisqo and a completely over-the-top
yet somehow fundamentally accurate performance by Martin Short as a
high school drama teacher.
(What, Scoop? Martin Short over the
top? I don't believe you. He's always shown such restraint in the
|Sexy Kylie Bax
was topless from many angles, none of them revealing a nipple,
but the top, bottom and sides of her breasts were seen from
the male side, Ben Foster was seen wearing only a jock strap,
his butt completely exposed.
|I generally don't like
Martin. He does about two and a half characters, and I saw them all in
the 1970's. I've often called for his deportation back to Canada
on whatever trumped-up charges we can muster. Yet there is something
eerily accurate about the way he portrays this refugee from
Waiting for Guffman, and when he spoke, I heard echoes from the distant
past and remembered real theater people no more loony than he, as if
he suddenly channeled some memories of his own.
My favorite line? The really cool
exchange student has some generic ever-changing drop-his-r's accent
which at any moment could be anything from Australian to Cockney to
Dutch. The normal guys listen to him and say "what's with that
accent? Dude talks like Madonna."
||About half of the film's running time
is occupied by rehearsals for and the performance of a soft-rock
version of Midsummer Night's Dream, and it taps into the usual teen
movie clichés. But Kiki and a couple others were so charming that
they managed to pull it off with some élan. The energy level is high,
and the film never takes it self seriously for more than a few
seconds. All in all, not a crossover classic like American Pie, but a
pretty good comic high school romance, if that's your thing.
Kiki sings sweetly, by the way, and
is as cute as ever.
General consensus: two and a half stars. Berardinelli
summary. Also a middle-of-the-road profile. 46% positive overall,
42% from the
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.4, fairly solid for a comedy. Apollo users
76/100. These scores are
consistent with the critical consensus.
- With their
dollars ... it hasn't done that well at all. Has grossed
$11 million so far, on 1740 screens, on a budget of $10
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, a C+. Light entertainment, painless music, humor, and
sweetness in a capable genre picture.
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