Bart Got a Room

Overview

Bart got a room -- a hotel room -- and he's booked it for senior prom night. Though the title character of Bart Got a Room only appears in one brief scene towards the end of the film, it's his uber-geek specter that hangs over writer-director Brian Hecker's comedy, a semi-autobiographical ode to teenage angst. The plot is centered on the hopelessly dateless Danny (Steven Kaplan), a gawky band nerd who must decide between taking his best friend, Camille (Alia Shawkat), to the prom, and attempting to woo the date ...
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Overview

Bart got a room -- a hotel room -- and he's booked it for senior prom night. Though the title character of Bart Got a Room only appears in one brief scene towards the end of the film, it's his uber-geek specter that hangs over writer-director Brian Hecker's comedy, a semi-autobiographical ode to teenage angst. The plot is centered on the hopelessly dateless Danny (Steven Kaplan), a gawky band nerd who must decide between taking his best friend, Camille (Alia Shawkat), to the prom, and attempting to woo the date of his dreams, a pretty blonde cheerleader. Along the way he endures derision and peer pressure from friends, as well as uncomfortably frank advice from his divorced parents, played by Cheryl Hines and William H. Macy. Set in the geriatric environs of terminally sunny south Florida, Danny's world offers constant reminders of the road he's headed down should he not solidify this one life-defining event: Macy's Ernie grapples with loneliness by seeking women in chat rooms, while Hines's Beth sees relationships as a shortcut to financial security. ~ David Shim
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Special Features

Pop-up production notebook; Theatrical trailer
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Bart got a room -- a hotel room -- and he's booked it for senior prom night. Though the title character of Bart Got a Room only appears in one brief scene toward the end of the film, it's his ├╝ber-geek specter that hangs over writer-director Brian Hecker's comedy, a semi-autobiographical ode to teenage angst that aims for American Pie-style yucks with a light edge of Philip Roth's comic neuroticisms. The plot is centered on the hopelessly dateless Danny Steven Kaplan, a gawky band nerd who must decide between taking his best friend, Camille Alia Shawkat, to the prom, and attempting to woo the date of his dreams, a pretty blonde cheerleader. Along the way he endures derision and peer pressure from friends, as well as uncomfortably frank advice from his divorced parents, played by Cheryl Hines and William H. Macy who sports a fantastically bad Jewfro. Set in the geriatric environs of terminally sunny South Florida, Danny's world offers constant reminders of the road he's headed down should he not solidify this one life-defining event: Macy's Ernie grapples with loneliness by seeking women in chat rooms, while Hines' Beth sees relationships as a shortcut to financial security. Kaplan gives a winning performance as the feckless, desperate Danny, coming across like a hormone-driven mix of Jason Biggs and Woody Allen. And while Hecker's subtle screenplay doesn't offer outsized laughs, it's notable for its lack of raunch and snark, a quality that sets this sweet indie comedy apart from the usual teen sex-romp fare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • UPC: 013131642995
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,080

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William H. Macy Ernie Stein
Cheryl Hines Beth Stein
Steven J. Kaplan Danny Stein
Alia Shawkat Camille
Brandon Hardesty Craig
Ashley Benson Alice
Chad Jamian Williams Bart
Jennifer Tilly Melinda
Kate Micucci Abby
Jon Polito Bob
Dinah Manoff Mrs. Goodson
Michael Mantell Dr. Goodson
Technical Credits
Brian Hecker Director, Screenwriter
Carina Alves Associate Producer
Stephen Benedek Executive Producer
Hallvard Braein Cinematographer
Dina Burke Executive Producer
Lundberg Taplin Daniela Producer
Annette Davey Editor
Frank Demartini Co-producer
Mario Fallone Executive Producer
Jacqui G Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacqui G. Costumes/Costume Designer
Joy Goodwin Co-producer
Ed Hart Executive Producer
Pamela Hirsch Executive Producer
Michael LaFetra Executive Producer
Jamie Lawrence Score Composer
Bruce Lionsford Executive Producer
Bruce Lunsford Executive Producer
Riva Marker Co-producer
Regina McLarney-Crowley Production Designer
Galt Niederhoffer Producer
Danny Rafic Editor
Celine Rattray Producer
Brenda Rhodes Executive Producer
Tony Shawkat Producer
Reagan Silber Executive Producer
Randy Simon Executive Producer
Jai Stefan Producer
Daniela Taplin-Lundberg Producer
Karen Virgin Art Director
Lori S. Wyman Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bart Got a Room
1. Main Titles [2:12]
2. 2 Months to Prom [6:51]
3. Camille's Suggestion [7:40]
4. So Deranged [4:41]
5. 1 Month to Prom [4:56]
6. 3 Weeks to Prom [11:31]
7. A Little Boredom [6:50]
8. 7 Hours to Prom [6:47]
9. 2 Hours to Prom [6:10]
10. 22 Minutes to Prom [2:06]
11. Prom [12:33]
12. End Credits [6:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Bart Got a Room
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   Set Up
      English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired: On
      English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired: Off
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Pop-Up Production Notebook
      Trailer
      Sneak Peeks
         While She Was Out
         The Grand
         Sex and Death 101
         Hollywood Residential
         Surfer, Dude
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