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Bart Got a Room (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 April 2008 (USA)
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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.

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Brian Hecker

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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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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on Appeal for sexual content, thematic elements and brief strong language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bart consiguió una habitación See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,763, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$53,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,760
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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. See more »

Goofs

When Danny's limo is rushing to prom, it is a super stretch limo with 5 sections behind the driver's compartment. When it arrives at the prom, it is much shorter, with only 3 sections. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

We Could Be Falling in Love
Written by Thomas Hirschmann (as Tom Hirschmann) and Stuart Hart
Performed by Selectracks Studio Ensemble featuring Dana Paul on vocals
Courtesy of Selectracks
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quirky, quit cuts, apt music selection
6 May 2010 | by leitz-731-20945See all my reviews

Just tripped over this movie on cable without ever having heard anything about it before, and when I came across it, the direction and music reminded me so much of Barry Sonnenfeld's direction I thought it -had- to be something of his I had never seen before (and I'm a big Sonnenfeld fan, esp of titles like "Get Shorty" and "Big Trouble" - the unfortunately timed release which had to be delayed due to 9/11. But watch "Bart..." and then watch "Big Trouble" and you'll see the similarities in style).

"Bart..." had some thin plot lines here and there, but the overall production was crisp and mostly entertaining. The pace was mostly quick, although there were one or two places it seemed to stall; but overall the use of wide and interesting camera angles, quick cuts, and, again, the snappy music selections (which were not main stream) kept everything moving despite what you'd think of as a fairly shallow overall plot.

Another quirky but all-too-human Bill Macy performance juxtaposed against our star Steven Kaplan who plays the focus of the date-hunt. That was good casting. Jennifer Tilly has a little bit part which you're dying to see go somewhere - but when it doesn't, it reinforces the kind of loser-status-but-we-protect-our-own flavor of dad Ernie Stein (Bill Macy).

Production wise: better than most. Quirky, fun, not heavy, but has a nice message overall. Fun to see once or twice.

Director Brian Hecker as the new Sonnenfeld? We'll have to wait and see. Big shoes to fill.


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