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Bart Got a Room (2009)

William H. Macy , Cheryl Hines  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Cheryl Hines
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8UIU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Nerdy high school senior Danny has spent six hundred bucks on the hotel room, the limo and the tux for his prom. He's only missing one thing - the girl. Hampered by well intentioned but clueless advice from his newly divorced parents and unsympathetic mocking from his best friends, Danny battles peer pressure, teen angst and his own raging hormones as he desperately searches for a prom date. Danny's luckless quest turns to panic when he learns that even Bart - the school's biggest dweeb - has secured not only a date but also a hotel room for the night.

Bart Got a Room isn’t the first movie comedy about nerds, high school, and the senior prom, and it undoubtedly won’t be the last. It may not be the best, either, but writer-director Brian Hecker’s 2008 concoction has enough laughs, charm, amusingly-drawn characters, and winning performances to more than hold its own. For Danny Stein (Steven J. Kaplan), a high school student in Hollywood, Florida, the imminence of the prom is the source of considerable distress; even more distressing is the prospect of booking of a hotel room for himself and his date at the end of the evening. Problem is, Danny (who’s a bit of a schlub, but far from a total, like, loser), doesn’t have a date yet. The obvious choice is his “best friend” Camille (Alia Shawkat), who’s available and clearly interested, but Danny thinks he can do better--say, with Alice (Ashley Benson), the sophomore hottie who drives to school with him every day. Wrong. As the days, then the hours, dwindle down, Danny, whose parents’ separation is an added distraction (William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines are perfect as Ernie, who’s looking for love on the internet, and Beth, who has a new beau), realizes he’s in big trouble, not least because even the titular Bart--a geek so geeky he makes Danny look like Tom Cruise--already has the room thing covered. All of this plays out in ways that are neither surprising nor especially hilarious, but the movie has heart, not to mention a number of cute, quirky scenes (many involving Danny’s well-intentioned, but mostly clueless, family). Movies like Bart Got a Room aren’t really about the destination, anyway; they’re about the journey, and this one’s a fun ride. --Sam Graham

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Brian Hecker wrote and directed "Bart Got A Room," which is filmed in his lovely hometown of Hollywood, Florida. In fact, numerous scenes were shot around locales which were familiar to him as a child. This film is very autobiographical in that Hecker based it on memories of his senior prom as well as the proms of his friends and relatives. Watching this film made me think of my own prom and I wished it had turned out as wonderful as it did for Danny Stein (Steven Kaplan).

"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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wow, this is the prom movie that all the other "teen prom comedies" tried to make but failed. While every other prom movie focuses on nudity and raunchy sexual jokes, this movie takes the entire genre to a new level by actually portraying the TRUE angst and the TRUE sexual frustration and the TRUE comedy that takes place when you're a high school student desperately trying to get laid (or just trying to get a date) on prom night.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Much of "Bart Got a Room" is going to feel a bit old hat for some, but you know what? Sometimes it's a good old hat, the kind that you just want to keep around despite knowing exactly where it has been. There is much familiarity in the setup of Brian Hecker's debut feature: poor kid can't get a date to the prom, his parents are divorced, and he has a best friend that thinks it would be funny if they went together. Reading this, at first you would probably think the movie doesn't have much to offer, and would rather spend your money on seeing whatever Kate Hudson or Renee Zellweger are up to this weekend at the box office.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check In To This "Room" August 7, 2009
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Danny Stein (Steven Kaplan) is a borderline nerd/average high school senior who's facing a problem that most of us moderate geeks and nerds have faced in high school: getting a date for the prom. Initially he plans to ask Alice, the cute and very flirty sophomore he regularly drives home after school. He goes so far as to turn down his longtime friend, Camille (Alia Shawkat), even though he hasn't asked Alice yet.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars he had me at hello
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 more
Published 9 months ago by BELAGEPIX
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Funy Movie and has very good cast entertaining the cast like macy and alia they where outstanding hope the film will do Great
Published 13 months ago by Dina Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but complicated!
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 more
Published 18 months ago by Terry Hawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
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 21 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Much New
Same old teen issues of high school friends dreaming of romance but keeping each other on the back burner. Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by mr. contrarian
2.0 out of 5 stars A Boring, Predictable, Coming-Of-Age Teen Comedy
The plot of Bart Got A Room is Danny Stein is looking for a date for his senior prom but didn't bother to ask his best friend whom he has known for eight years, Camille (Alia... Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Mr. J. Murdock
4.0 out of 5 stars Punch line was worth the wait!
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 more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Lori Katz
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Fun...
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 more
Published on January 6, 2011 by Shawn Palmquist
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehh
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 more
Published on August 26, 2010 by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic for the John Hughes Generation
Bart is not the main character. In fact, he is mentioned repeatedly without a face to match the mysterious name practically the whole movie. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by CPR
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