Bart Got A Room 2009 PG-13 CC

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While Danny's father and mother independently search for love, Danny is on his own desperate quest to find a prom date. Danny's search becomes progressively more pathetic once he and his family learn that Bart, the school's biggest dweeb, not only secured a date for the prom, but got a hotel room as well.

Starring:
William H. Macy, Cheryl Hines
Runtime:
1 hour 20 minutes

Bart Got A Room

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Genres Comedy
Director Brian Hecker
Starring William H. Macy, Cheryl Hines
Supporting actors Cheryl Hines, Alia Shawkat, Ashley Benson, Brandon Hardesty, Kate Micucci, Jon Polito, Jennifer Tilly, Dinah Manoff, Michael Mantell, Chad Jamian Williams, Bambi la Fleur, Sam Azouz, Betty Knowles, George Schiavone, Joan Turner Turetzky, Brittney Winton, Binh Yen Diep, Joey Siciliano
Studio Starz
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The humor in this film is very light.
K. Fontenot
The general acting wasn't too bad, but there just wasn't much going on during the movie.
Wayne
I highly recommend this film to watch again and again !
J. Gerson

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on July 27, 2009
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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 By Scott Rose on July 29, 2009
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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 By Jason Whyte on July 9, 2009
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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 By K. Fontenot VINE VOICE on 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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