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Get Over It (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 46
CAP Influence Density: 1.78

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

GET OVER IT (PG-13) -- a perfect example of the trend for teen flicks.

This teen romance exudes R-13, mom/dad. You might be getting tired of hearing me say that, but I didn't write this exercise in stealing childhood from children through sexual promiscuity and moral disregard. The CAP scoring for this movie shows a perfect example of the trend for teen flicks -- a score of zero in Sex/Homosexuality and in Impudence/Hate.

Berke (Ben Foster) is a regular guy with the regular insecurities and the regular drives. Ben is in love with Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) who loves him ... conditionally. And when a condition named Striker (Shane West) comes along with his worldliness and talent and good looks and smooth talk and ... Ben becomes history. A battle ensues. Actually, several battles ensue.

One of the battles was by Kelly (Kirsten Dunst), the year-younger sister of Berke's best friend, Felix (Colin West). Kelly saw how Berke was letting himself be used and humiliated in his efforts to get back together with Allison. Kelly, in her compassion for Berke, lets herself be almost reduced to Berke's social whipping girl as she progressively deepens her bended knee of love to him. But Berke has no interest in Kelly, at least not the same interest she has in him. If this is all beginning to sound like Shakespeare's *A Midsummer Night's Dream* that is because the movie is a take-off of it. This movie even uses Shakespeare's work as a high school play in which all the key actors and actresses are leads, which is another of the battles --that of manipulations to be selected as one of the key parts. And almost as a background fixture until late in the movie was Berke's third friend played by Sisqo (don't remember his stage name) who artistically flowers toward the end of the play in the movie and leads the ending musical piece. "Background" Sisqo is probably one of the most truly talented in the movie. the ending "musical" and dance would have been quite impressive if it were not for the vulgar dance moves with sensuous dress.

Some quite underhanded and unethical maneuvers are used by Berke and Striker in their campaigns of love warfare. After losing Allison, Berke slowly goes berserk as he sees Allison becoming progressively infatuated with Striker. Striker gets a key role in the school play along with Allison. Striker milks the opportunity for all it is worth. Berke can't even sing let alone act, but in desperation enlists the aid of Kelly to learn the play in the hopes of getting on the cast to monitor Allison and to try to wedge his way back into her life -- or at least between Allison and Striker. All the while, a relationship develops between Kelly and Berke. He chased her and chased her until she finally caught him. And while all this was happening, Allison comes to her senses and finds out the truth about Striker and offers to Berke a rekindling of their previous relationship. But by this time, Berke sees Allison for what she is and also sees Kelly for what she is. And he tells the audience of his discovery by modifying, or ad libbing, the script to accommodate announcing his new feelings for Kelly. Quite touching, it was. But quite vulgar was some of *Get Over It*. Just like the trend of teen flicks (see R-13).

Yes, some of the movie was quite vulgar. Demonstration of intercourse mechanics, though clothed, by Berke's parents, hosts of a smut TV talk show, was not at all what 13 year olds should see [Rev. 2:20; Luke 17:2]. In fact, I don't think anybody has ever needed instruction in this. Life has been ...well ... quite prolific for several thousand years before movies. Nor was a dog trying mate with a potted tree, a basketball and Berke's leg necessary. The horse urinating on Berke's head positioned above a pile of horse droppings was another descriptive of the toilet humor in this flick [Eph. 5:4]. And let us not forget the added trend of entertainment to make sure that homosexuality in one way or another appears routine. Lesbian touch satisfied that trend in *Get over It* [Rom. 1:26]. Also in keeping with the necessity to ensure our youth are taught that foul language is "just words", foul language, including the most foul of the foul words freckled the script like pepper on eggs and as blase as putting one foot in front of the other to walk. Also, I don't think you would want your 16 year old daughter setting on her bed with a 17 year old boy, giggling -- behind a closed door -- with no adult supervision in sight [Matt. 26:41]. A female teen sucking a male teen's finger, teen drinking and teens mimicking intercourse, once as a male teen mimicked intercourse with another male teen's ear, topped off the "R-13" to this R-13 flick. There's more but I'll leave them to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Rev. 2:20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality... [this applies to men as well]
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Rom. 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
  • Matt. 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Get Over It (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • planning threats
  • fist fighting
  • hiring illegal services

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 32 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • foul language by a school official before the student body
  • flatulence in an audience
  • dog trying to mate with inanimate objects and a boys leg
  • horse urinating on a boys head
  • encouragement of masturbation and sexual freedom by parents
  • parents encouraging licentious behavior of their teen son
  • vulgar anatomical references
  • vulgar gestures

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sexual comments, innuendo, talk
  • gaping face kissing
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sensuous dance moves
  • demonstration of intercourse mechanics by adults (clothed)
  • vulgar starring at private body areas
  • camera angle to force viewer on private body areas
  • revealing swimwear
  • suggestion of homosexual relationship between teacher and student
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • brief nudity, repeatedly
  • lesbian touch
  • vulgar mimicking of male intercourse with another male's ear
  • crotch hit
  • rear male nudity
  • rear female nudity, repeatedly
  • portrayal of sadomasochism
  • teens in a strip joint and participating
  • toilet humor
  • vulgar dance moves
  • teen pair in her bedroom setting on her bed giggling with no supervision
  • sexual request
  • teens mimicking intercourse, clothed
  • finger sucking
  • vulgar dance moves with sensuous dress

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen drinking
  • teen drunkenness
  • teen drinking party
  • smoking by a teacher in school
  • teen smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • nine uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • "Thank Buddha"

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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