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IMAOE eSMALLTOW.pApE.s, me. ALL CO.TmT CoPvmO.Tm. ALL mO.TS ~smvm. arts "Get Over It" Is Hard To Get Over Principal cast makes a valiant effort in otherwise adolescent fare By Justin Levine There are two things imlnedialcly apparent abou~ the film +'Get Over It." The lirst is Ihat the three main principal actols are highly talented individuals who deserve to be working a lot inure The see(end is that their talents arc wasted in a [din tbet ultlmately lesorts to conventions lhat are sadly typical oi teen romantic-comedies These conven lions l~amely include writing that thinks its more humorous thall d actually is, a direct ing style that sctdcs fl>t cheap laughs at thc expense of the more genuinely Ich men/cats, and a cast ol supporting nclors that act like huflounish caricatures in stark contrast In the relative realism (ff the principal Jules The stoly behind "Gel Over [[' concerns Berke Lawrence (Ben Foster) wh+l is revolved in a high school romance wlth his girlfriend Allison (Me}issa Sagcmdler) Things are going greal until Allison simply proclainls bersell to be tired of Berke, and falls for an Australian student who also happens to be a lead singer of an tsrsten Ounst an4 8on Foster In Sync/Backstreet +Boys/(insert bad male teen vocal group here) style band. Poor Berke must then enlist the help of IMIow classmate Kelly (Kirsten Dunst) in order to win back Allison's heart "File trouble is that Kelly has growing feclings for Bcrkc, only he is too preoccu- pied with his old squeeze to notice at first. The three principal east members are quite good for a disposable teen comedy. The areas of the film's success lie ill those scenes focused (in Fosier, Sagemiller and Dunst simply sitting and talking about their current heartaches. These three deserve to go on to bigger and better projects This is especially true el Dunst who has the talent and looks to position herseff as a Far bigger star than her currenl status if she were able to choose the right material. Dunst has come along way since being misdirecled (along with Ibe rest of the cast) in "interview With A Vampire" Despite being given top billing, Dunst gives an unpreten tlOUS perlormance in a role without nearly as much screen time an her co-star Foster, who is Ihe real tecus of the story She exudes a kind of confidence in her performance where- in she doesn't teel the need to prove her abilities to tile audience (a trap that many actresses her age fall into) Had "Get Over h" been able to remain more Focused on the dialogue between its p~in- cipals, it may have elevated itself beyond the standard ad(descent fare, But alas, the sur- rounding elements manage to overwhehn the quality core ol tile film These problcm~ include cheesy optical effects, and an ending dance sequence that bears no relation to the plot, cheap laughs which pander to the teen audience (a prime example concerns show+ ing the exploits of a pet dog in heal who copulates with everything in sight), and a cast of supporling characters who try to overplay mediocre comedy writing. The supporting actors guilty of giving us cardboard caricature pellorrnances i:uludc Ed Begley Jr and Swoozie Kurtz who play Berke's parents and Shane West as tile Auslraban competing [or Allison's attentions. But Ihc worst ofl~'oder is Marlin Short as the self=centered high school drama teacher Short secms to think that he can generate laughs simply by exaggerating every .!acet ol his characler He remains a great actor for televislon siteoms+ but he hasn't given a good firm performance in years The net result in "Get Over It" is a mishmash el styles between the dynamic of the pri- mary characters and the remaining over-the-top, self-conscious elements of the [ihll Sometimes a lilm can work when it is exclusively self cons,cious ("Poe Wee's Big Adventure" is a prime example) However, mixing the style into a slory that demands an otherwise realistic approach is another matWr, this respect, making a fihn can be likened to making food. 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