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Bart Got a Room (2008)

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70

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 11

Just enough sweetness and good performances lighten up the high school-set tensions, creating a family-appropriate teen comedy.

69

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

Just enough sweetness and good performances lighten up the high school-set tensions, creating a family-appropriate teen comedy.

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Movie Info

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

PG-13,

Comedy

Brian Hecker

Jul 28, 2009

Anchor Bay Entertainment

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (11) | DVD (5)

Here's something you don't see every day: a high-school comedy for old poops.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Bart Got A Room is an affectionately nuanced comedy of manners whose focus is first love and the navigation of complex relationships.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The sweet, dizzy finale makes up for all the predictability before it.

April 9, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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Hines and Macy get some laughs, but the film itself feels insufficiently developed.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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It's an inventive take on a story that we've heard a million times before.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The sight of William H. Macy sporting a Jew-fro as a divorced dad trying to help his nerdy son score with a prom date is among the myriad delights in the gut-bustingly funny Bart Got a Room.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Sweetly neurotic countdown-to-the-prom captures teen life in South Florida.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Most proms don't involve choreographed dances, losers winning prom queen or cameos by famous bands. Bart Got A Room is a much needed believable look at the big night.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Hecker's film finds a charm that eludes most movies dependent on misplaced prostitutes, bedroom sex noises and male insecurities.

May 15, 2009
Vancouver Sun

totally wacky, a rite-of-passage romp

May 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

When we get to the prom, the music sounds like nothing you'd ever hear at one. In fact, I'd be surprised if any actual teenagers in the year 2009 found any reference points in Bart Got a Room relevant to their own existence.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

...rarely holds the viewer's interest in as rapt a manner as Hecker presumably intended.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

While hardly the most novel of stories, what puts Bart Got a Room above the norm is a tight and charming screenplay and Hecker's way with mood and place.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A fresh and amusing teen comedy all about the anxiety of trying to find a date for the prom.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Bart Got a Room pulls you into its comically hyperbolic world of teen anxiety %u2013 and is solid enough for long enough to disappoint you in the end.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Hecker's got a knack for teen misery, but he's aiming higher than beers-and-boobs moronity. What follows is excruciating excavated high school trauma

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Big laughs, big heart, big teenage moments. Really understands high school and being young.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
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Audience Reviews for Bart Got a Room

William H. Macy movies. What is it about his movies that I just love? He seems to always be in the quirkiest kind of movies that just make me chuckle. I really got a kick out of this movie, and couldnt wait to find out who the heck Bart was...
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

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Bart Got a Room is a harmless, unremarkable movie. It's not excessively funny or surprising, but it's a pleasant way to spend an hour and a half. There are some funny parts, and it leaves you with a bit of a feel-good vibe after it's over. It's different and more heartfelt than your average teen comedy, and that's what makes it worth watching.
December 31, 2009
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