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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.


Brian Hecker


Brian Hecker
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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bart consiguió una habitación See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chad Jamian Williams played Bart. See more »


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 »


References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


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Written and Performed by DJ Kam
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records
By arrangement with The Orchard
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Can the whole be LESS than the sum of the parts?
21 August 2009 | by PenOutOfTimeSee all my reviews

Looking back at this film, there are quite a number of scenes that seem as if they, and the movie that they are in, should be superb. Actually watching the scenes, and watching the film as a whole however, the effect is rather lackluster. Objectively, I can't say that the movie is a bad one, and some people will probably love, it, but for many or most people, I suspect that the film will not live up to its potential. Its difficult to say exactly why, but I can nominate three potential reasons.


Comparative lack of comedic follow-through. In many comedic scenes in film, you can see an embarrassing situation emerging a few seconds or minutes before the specific situation ends. Rather than playing each scene through from beginning to bitter end, 'Bart Got A Room" tends to lay out the scene, and clip off the last uncomfortable moments. This device does not render the scenes unfunny, and it could make the film a bit more subtle. "Bart Got A Room" is not the most exciting or unpredictable film however, and the closely trimmed scene endings make the movie more boring.


A vast proportion of the world's humor comes from people and the world as a whole not living up to expectations. Much humor represents an idealistic implicit criticism of these failures and imperfections.

The creators of this film seem to embrace, rather than criticize imperfection however, particularly in the ending, and not so much by defiantly embracing an alternate standard of perfection, but by saying that "hey, settling for ______ is okay." Obviously the difference between different sorts of acceptance (of imperfection) are subtle, but but this film seems to be more "settle for it" than usual, and the implicit lack of idealism leads to less ideal-driven humorous criticism.


This film has a very clear Florida setting and cultural identity, and ordinarily this would be a strict virtue, adding a bit of realism instead of pretending to a placeless universality. Unfortunately, the film is so subtle/dull overall, that the setting and specific characterization overwhelms the overall story and other elements to a degree. Most likely the filmmakers should have made the story and characters a bit more interesting, rather than make the background less interesting, but something should have been done.

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