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Kristen Dunst's Kelly is the steady friend to Ben Foster's Berke; he can't imagine her as a lover because he has been in love with Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) since he was seven.  Why he is myopic with Kelly appears difficult to understand because she easily competes with Allison in attractiveness; the other problem is that she is the little sister of his best friend Felix (Colin Hans).

Director Tommy O'Haver nearly loses this film to the silly stuff which appear to be part of a formula for teen flicks.  An over sexed dog has a tryst with Berke's leg, a plant, and a basketball as one of those side jokes that the main plot can do without.  But the vast majority of the script revolves around a musical production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream written by Martin Short's Dr. Desmond Forrest Oates, who is an obnoxious limited college professor who hides his insecurity by demeaning his students.

Flash backs in dream form are produced in an interesting manner as the lovers from A Midsummer Night's Dream become Berke, Allison, Kelly and Striker (Shane West) both in dreams and in the professor's play.  Berke's dreams carry the plot in alternative directions where he is able to recapture the love of his life.

Big brother Felix' natural instinct is to protect his little sister from his best friend forgetting she has grown up just behind him.  Besides, he has his hands full with Kylie Bax who is the standard clumsy sexy blond who flies through the air while the performers alter the bard's words to fit their love triangles.

But what is best about Get Over It comes in the musical numbers which fill the last quarter of the film.  Dunst has her moment changing Shorts music for the better and Vitamin C, Sisqo and Carmen Electra lead the entire cast in a final production number filled with very effective music.

Parents, Ed Begley, Jr. and Swoosie Kurtz are wasted in silly roles as parents who are completely liberated and host a TV show expressing their philosophical sexual liberalism.

Even though we know in the first five minutes that Berke will get over Allison and fall for Kelly, the dream sequences and the musical A Midsummer Night's Dream make Get Over It an entertaining diversion.

 
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