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Bart Got A Room

This delightfully warm-hearted and hilarious indie comedy is the first in years I can remember in years that I’ve wanted to immediately watch again. Danny Stein (Steven Kaplan) lives in the sort of Floridian retirement community were people go to play golf and die, not necessarily in that order. His mum (Cheryl Hines) and dad (William H. Macy, sporting the finest perm to grace celluloid in a while) are separated and trying to forge new relationships, but his biggest problem is getting a prom date – though he’s prepared to settle for anyone other than his platonic pal Camille (Alia Shawkat from tv’s ‘Arrested Development’). As the clock begins to tick ever closer to the big day, it seems that extreme lengths will have to be gone to, particularly since Bart – the ever-present, yet for the most part unseen, school loser – is already rumoured to not only have a date, but also a room at the hotel where the prom is taking place. It’s true that proms are quintessentially American events and that they have been given more twirls round the comedy film dance floor than many would deem strictly necessary, but don’t let that put you off. The script puts the emphasis on fun and harks back to the sort of comedy that John Hughes (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains And Automobiles) used to pull of so well back before every teen comedy had to have a sex/scatological gag every two minutes. That’s not to say that this comedy is ‘butter-wouldn’t-melt’ sweet – there are plenty of jokes made about the dating process, but they are always a notch above the lowest common denominator. Hecker has a sharp eye for the details that make both young love and living in a sleepy backwater innately funny and cleverly works his visual comedy alongside the scripting to add additional layers of laughter. The Floridian setting makes for backdrops that are as colourful as the characters he places in them and if the sight of Macy imitating the sounds of off-the-charts lovemaking to test the soundproofing of his new apartment doesn’t make you laugh, you have no soul and never deserve to get a date again. – Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
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Directed by: 
Brian Hecker
Running Time: 
78
Country(ies): 
USA
Language: 
English
Starring: 
Steven Kaplan, William H. Macy, Cheryl Hines, Alia Shawkat, Jennifer Tilly
Screenplay by: 
Brian Hecker

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