Bart Got a Room
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"Bart Got a Room" is a warmhearted, bittersweet drama of a young man, Danny who must make numerous decisions concerning his upcoming prom. The most important decision involves who will be his date. He's torn between taking someone with whom he can become romantically intimate and his best friend Camille (Alia Shawkat). In the meantime, his parents' divorce weighs heavily on his mind. Danny is a good kid. He yearns to see his parents (perky Cheryl Hines and downtrodden William H. Macy both looking silly in wigs) get back together so they can become a real family. My heart ached for him. Danny finds his parents' choice for dates nauseating. I found them hilarious (especially Jennifer Tilly who has a cameo as a freak). Hines is looking for a man with good financial assets while Macy, who repulses his dates, is looking for a woman with good "assets" of a different kind. Both of them seem lonely without each other.
"Bart Got a Room" is also an inspirational drama that teaches us to be ourselves. You can't plan for a special moment to happen. You have to let it happen on its own, and hope that it lasts forever. So what if the class dweeb got a room at the prom, Danny got a memory that lasted forever. He realized what was truly important in life.Read more ›
Anybody who lived through the traumas of high school will completely relate to the honest & real & smart characters in this film... with a moral to the story that will blow you away and leave you thinking about this film for weeks afterwards. I loved this movie so much that I saw it twice in theaters.
Plus, I should also mention that this movie isn't just about prom night -- but it also parallels the struggles between children looking for love, and divorced parents looking for love. So this movie will appeal to teens and adults alike.
William H. Macy is brilliant and hilarious as always... in fact, this may be one of his best roles to date.
And it was so refreshing to see a movie take place outside of Los Angeles for a change. The quirky use of South Florida as a backdrop throughout the film only heightens the realism and comedy throughout the entire movie.
I can't recommend this movie enough, for comedy lovers of all ages.
Slowly but surely, this indie gem has something great up its sleeve: the characters develop into three dimensions, the comic devices take us into new, interesting territory and there's an ending that cries so far from what we are led to expect. Not only that, the movie has its references to Blake Edwards and (naturally) Woody Allen, but this is a springboard for a series of funny and crazy events.
Plus it's one of those indie pictures that have some great talent in front of the camera. William H. Macy, Cheryl Hines, Jennifer Tilly and a promising newcomer named Steven J. Kaplan who will no doubt become a star.
The title character is not named Bart (more on that later) but rather Danny (Steven J. Kaplan) who is nice enough, smart enough and -- from a heterosexual writer's perspective, for what it's worth -- good looking enough, but poor Danny just can't get a date to the prom. His friend Camille (Alia Shawkat) wants to go as friendly company and to have a friend to spend time with, but Danny has his eyes on a few other potentials, including a strawberry blonde who he chauffeurs every now and then.Read more ›
When Alice turns him down, Danny's life goes into a tailspin. Not only do most of his classmates already have dates for the prom, uber-nerd Bart Beeber (Chad Jamian Williams) has even secured a date....and a hotel room. With limited and ever-decreasing choices in potential prom dates, Danny becomes desperate. He enlists the help of his quirky but very caring father (William H. Macy) and his good friend, Craig (Brandon Hardesty), in order to get a date. Their collective attempts (or in Craig's case, giving advice from the swimming pool) bring about quite a bit of hilarity.
The humor in this film is very light. There are a couple of laugh-out-loud moments, but the story rarely strays from its even pace. With that said, the humor is well above-average when compared to similar teen movies.
The film also features a wonderful soundtrack. It's sure to please anybody who enjoys a good horn section.
What lifts this film to a higher level the most is the restrained comedic efforts of the cast. They never push the envelope too far, but they always keep it at an enjoyable level. William H. Macy shines as Danny's father, who has turned to the web in order to find his soulmate. His numerous dates in the film (especially the one with Jennifer Tilly) showcase his talent as a comedic actor. Cheryl Hines does an excellent job as Danny's mother.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable film about the run up to long expected prom in Miami, Florida among upper class whites. Funny at times, and using to full extent the considerable talents of William H. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark D. Burgh
Director/Writer Brian Hecker's indie breakout film BART GOT A ROOM is sweet and not with so much angst as to become derivative, neurotic or self-absorbed. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by BELAGEPIX
Funy Movie and has very good cast entertaining the cast like macy and alia they where outstanding hope the film will do GreatPublished on September 22, 2013 by Dina Burke
The movie follows a simple format: High School Senior wants to find a date for the prom, but would like to take a hot girl and not his best friend of several years. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Terry Hawes
This has got to be one of the best independent films I have ever seen. I feel that it truly did capture that social awkwardness we all experience in high school.Published on January 28, 2013 by Chris
Same old teen issues of high school friends dreaming of romance but keeping each other on the back burner. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by mr. contrarian
Chose this from my library randomly but was enticed by the cast. Watched it with my husband and we both enjoyed it a lot. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by Lori Katz
I don't know what prompted me to rent this in the first place, from the cover you could easily mistake it for a made for TV stinker... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Shawn Palmquist
Typical teen story of boy trying to find a date for the prom, but holding out for the "perfect" date until the "girl next door" who WANTS him to ask her finally accepts another... Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by DJ