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Bart Got a Room (2008)

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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.

Director:

Brian Hecker

Writer:

Brian Hecker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Kaplan ... Danny (as Steven J. Kaplan)
William H. Macy ... Ernie
Cheryl Hines ... Beth
Alia Shawkat ... Camille
Ashley Benson ... Alice
Brandon Hardesty ... Craig
Kate Micucci ... Abby
Jon Polito ... Bob
Jennifer Tilly ... Melinda
Dinah Manoff ... Mrs. Goodson
Michael Mantell ... Dr. Goodson
Chad Jamian ... Bart (as Chad Jamian Williams)
Bambi la Fleur Bambi la Fleur ... Destiny
Sam Azouz Sam Azouz ... Uncle Walter
Betty Knowles Betty Knowles ... Aunt Rose
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Storyline

Danny Stein is a high-school senior and class vice president; he's in charge of the prom, along with Camille, his best friend for years. Everyone including Camille and her parents assumes that Danny will ask her to the prom, but he wants something less platonic and more romantic - more memorable. His choices include the sophomore cheerleader he drives to school, a friend of a friend, and a quiet Chinese girl in his classes. With his parents' help (they're going through a divorce), he gets the tickets, rents a tux, reserves a limo, and, over his mother's objections, gets a room at the prom-site hotel. This, everyone believes, is the way to establish memories. Will anything work out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotelszoba, letolt gatya See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,764, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,760, 19 April 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chad Jamian Williams played Bart. The reference of this character Bart Simpson from The Simpsons (1989). See more »

Goofs

When the main character is driving the cheerleader home in the beginning, his car starts to die while going down the road. In the shot of the speedometer you can clearly see that the car is in park. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits, there's a picture of Bart throwing up into a toilet. See more »

Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by Nelson Roque and the Hollywood Hills High School Band
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Truly a gem of a film!
7 February 2009 | by SqueatsSee all my reviews

This is far and away one of the most enjoyable festival films I have ever seen! Maybe it was the self-deprecating humour to which we can all relate; perhaps it was William H. Macy's abundantly curly hair. I really can't be sure, but I can tell you that you will not regret taking the time to see this film! The screenplay is top notch, every second of every scene is perfectly executed and the laughs are never forced. Brian Hecker captures the heart and soul of those painful high school years and spreads them across the screen like a mother spreads those embarrassing naked baby photos in front of the new girlfriend. The acting is superb as well, Steven Kaplan is the epitome of the high school dweeb; each agonizing second of the prom date pressure is reflected in his expressive eyes. William H. Macy gives a phenomenal performance as the father who's trying to get his mojo back. A beautiful balance of deadpan delivery and delight in his son's social life - or his idealistic interpretation thereof - his performance gives a solid base on which to build this rollicking romp down memory lane. And yet, the highlight by far of this little gem of a film is it's kitschy soundtrack. It quite literally reaches out, grabs the viewer by the ears, and demands that the feet begin to tap and the head to bob. The classics of big band, swing, and even a little jazz inspire one to reminisce of the days of that spinster aunt pinching the cheek, or that grandmother tweaking the nose. It sets the tone, at least for people of a certain age, of the post-pubescent angst that we all suffered during the high school years and pastes a happy smile to it that doesn't quite hide the insecurity.

Bart Got a Room is a film that should not be missed. Because if Bart can do it, you can too. Even if it costs you $600+, a little self-respect, and most of your dignity. These moments only happen once, so throw caution to the wind, grab life by the short hairs and enjoy the ride!


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