Get Over It Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
High School teen Berke Lawrence (Ben Foster) happily reunites with his childhood sweetheart Allison (Melissa Sagemiller). Discussing fond memories of playing “doctor” and other sexual activities when they were seven, the couple now meet to neck and fondle between classes or anywhere else they can wedge their bodies. So it hits Berke’s lust-filled life like a cold shower when Allison tells him his kisses just don’t do it for her anymore.
Even though his friends encourage him to get over it, Berke’s devastation deepens as he watches Allison take up with new-kid Striker (Shane West). Discovering Allison and Striker intend to audition for the school’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Rockin’ Eve,” Burke makes a desperate attempt to attract Allison’s attention by trying out for a bit part. His friend’s sister Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), with an obvious interest in Berke, willingly offers to be his acting coach.
Meanwhile his friends try to distract Berke by dragging him to a sex club where he becomes the lucky audience volunteer brought onto stage by a team of scantily dressed women including a dominatrix. All this meets with approval from his sex talk-show host parents, who encourage their son to explore deviant sexuality, other women, and masturbation.
With an “only in the movies” sense of reality, this adolescent yarn boasting music stars Sisqo and Vitamin C as cast members, presents little or no consequences for teens drinking, raucous parties, and many sexual escapades. Nor does the script show any remorse for trying to choke laughs out of school violence with it’s depictions of teens plotting revenge (including one boy threatening to kill another), using a dangerous weapon in high school resulting in injury, and a teen girl who “plays” with a crossbow and shoots a classmate. And the inclusion of a hormonally imbalanced dog becomes a running gag (in the literal sense).
With another rash of school violence making headlines as Get Over It debuts, I find the film’s lack of sensitivity to these societal concerns discouraging. It reminded me of She’s All That , another movie I took issue over, which released within months of the Columbine incident. Ironically, the same screenwriter wrote both titles.Starring Kirsten Dunst Ben Foster Sisqo. Running time: 86 minutes. Theatrical release March 9, 2001. Updated May 1, 2009
Get Over It
Rating & Content Info
Why is Get Over It rated PG-13? Get Over It is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some crude/sexual humor, teen drinking and language. Previously rated R. (Edited for re-rating).
We can only hope our teens will Get Over It. All this teen romp has to offer is sex, violence, language, and booze within a high school setting, topped off with many threadbare costumes and a story that resorts to cheesy flashbacks against an agonizingly melodramatic musical score.
Man falls face-first into horse excrement and is urinated on by horse. Naked teen girl hit by car and thrown over top of vehicle. Teen girl accidentally starts a boy’s overalls on fire during shop class. Series of mishaps in restaurant sets building on fire. High school student uses a nunchaku (weapon of two sticks connected with a chain) intending to harm someone, but accidentally breaks leg of another person. Teen girl shoots teen boy in arm with crossbow, believing it was only a theater prop. Teen boy makes threats to kill another teen at party. Two occasions when teen boys punch other people. Three high school students contrive to explode stage prop with intent to injure another student.
Sexual Content: D
Teen boy comments on having girl see him naked and playing doctor when he was seven, while we see teen couple kissing and fondling in the present day. Clothed married couple demonstrates sexual position. Teen couple dances seductively. Dog making sexual movements is repeatedly seen in movie. Girl’s bikini top falls off (she covers her breasts). Many girls in tight revealing clothing, including bikinis. Teen boy makes sexual movements. Teen male seen naked from rear. Teen boys go to sex club / bar featuring many barely-covered waitresses and dancers; teen boy is brought on stage, attached to a harness, and a dominatrix woman appears; police raid bar; boys parent’s applaud his deviant sexual behavior and use a crude phrase to suggest he may want to go home and masturbate. Parents offer condoms to their son. Teen couple attempts to have sex but are interrupted. Teen girl sensuously sucks teen boy’s finger. Implied lesbian encounter.
At least: 1 partially said sexual expletive, 21 moderate profanities, 13 mild profanities, 12 terms of Deity used as profanities or expletives. Many of these spoken by teen characters.
Alcohol / Drug Use: C-
Teens seen in sex club / bar. Teens frequently drink. Teacher (adult) seen drinking to relieve stress. Two incidents of smoking, one smoker is possibly a teen.
Page last updated May 1, 2009
Get Over It Parents' Guide
Most of the actors in this movie are over high school age (for instance, Ben Foster is 20 and Sisqo is 26). Why do you think movies about teens often cast actors and actresses who are older than the parts they are portraying?
Do you relate to the high school environment created in this film? Do you think this is a realistic example of life in high school? Do you think popular media influences the high school environments we have today?
The most recent home video release of Get Over It movie is August 14, 2002. Here are some details…
Production company: Miramax Home Entertainment
- Commentary by director Tommy O’Haver & screenwriter R. Lee Fleming Jr.
- Martin Short outtakes.
- Martin Short makeup test.
- Two music videos: “Love Scud” and Vitamin C’s “The Itch.”
- Original songs.