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Get Over It (2001), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 46
CAP Influence Density: 1.78
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
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.
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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:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):