DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Jewish Teen Angst Comedy Comes to DVD
Danny Stein (Steven Kaplan) is a socially-awkward, straight-A student who plays the trumpet in his high school’s jazz band. He hails from a Jewish community in
At the point of departure, it’s getting dangerously close to prom night, and the sexually-repressed senior still doesn’t have a date. Unfortunately, he’s oblivious to the fact that his best friend, Camille (Alia Shawkat), would jump at the chance, if he would only ask her. But Danny simply can’t see her as anything but a buddy, despite the not so subtle hints being dropped by his parents and hers.
Instead, he spends his time fantasizing about taking Britney (Tyler O’Campo), a cute blonde classmate. When he finally summons up the nerve to ask her, she just laughs in his face. He subsequently approaches a few other classmates, invariably striking out, even declining the Asian girl (Brittney Winton) who accepts on the condition she doesn’t have to be seen with him, since she already has a boyfriend.
What really irks Danny is learning that Bart Beeber (Chad Jamian Williams), a dweeb even nerdier and homelier-looking than he is, not only has a date, but has already booked a hotel room for a little post prom hanky-panky. This prompts Danny to kick his own search into high gear, to avoid being the last of his peers to lose his virginity. Will he wise up and ask Camille, who has been patiently waiting in the wings?
So, unfolds virgin Bart Got a Room, a charming romantic comedy which proves it’s still possible to find funny teen-oriented fare that doesn’t rely on relentlessly crude and profane humor. A coming-of-age tale that you can watch with the kids without covering their eyes. How refreshing!
Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG-13 for sexuality, mature themes and brief profanity.
Running time: 80 minutes
DVD Extras: “Pop Up Production Notebook” featurette, theatrical trailer and