Chelsea Logan, Adwoa Aboah, Jazzy De Lisser, Jami Eaton and Audrey Speicher in the film "to.get.her". Photo by Erica Dunton
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Erica Dunton
From the first scene of to.get.her it becomes painfully clear that this film managed to package every teen movie cliché together. Five friends come together at a beach house to drink, dance and have “a night of no consequence.” How is the trip paid for? Each girl is flown in using a stolen credit card from a step-dad to be. Later we find out the guy is a pedophile. As the film progresses even more of the damaged teenage girl clichés emerge—slutty pregnant party girl, Christian lesbian struggling with her attraction to women, cutting, eating disorders, girl who killed her younger sister in a drunk driving accident … the list goes on and on. The characters in the film are so stereotypically “damaged” that it’s difficult to care about their “pain.” Instead of having personalities, the five major characters move through the film like ghosts. References to updating facebook and twitter are used to move the story forward, while flashbacks occur too often to try and give the two-dimensional characters a sense of history. Although a few interesting plot twists exist, the utter lack of meaningful character development and awful dialogue makes it difficult to care.