Tuesday, April 07, 2009

4/6/09: Bart Got a Room (2009)

I was attracted to Bart Got a Room because of the adult actors, William H. Macy (Fargo) and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), both of whom have brought me so much joy over the passage of time. They play a divorced couple, but the movie is mostly about their awkward high-school son, Danny (newcomer Steven Kaplan), whose desperation to find a prom date forms the crux of the story. Should he invite the object of his affection, dreamy car-pool companion Alice (Ashley Benson) or longtime best friend Camille (Alia Shawkat), who's not much to look at but more worthy? The clock is ticking, and nebbish Danny is quickly running out of choices.

Closer to the spirit of John Hughes than Judd Apatow, Bart Got a Room was filmed in and around Hallandale, Florida, very close to where I grew up, and its clever script kept me chuckling. My favorite bits involved the strings attached to a date with an Asian classmate named Debbie Yang, and the sight of Danny's ultimate date, who it turns out doesn't even do proms! Wearing a "jew-fro," William H. Macy is simply hilarious as Danny's father. The entire cast is fine, and I was delighted to sit through a film that takes place practically in my old backyard. The movie's title, quoted to maximum effectiveness, is its own best joke. Kudos also to future pinup model Tyler O'Campo in a small role as Camille's much sexier sister. Rating: 4/5.

1 comment:

grubers said...

For future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Alden Ehrenreich.

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.