The Room (1998)
Critics Consensus: A bona fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau's misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again.
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This film centers on Johnny, a man who has it all; great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancée named Lisa. But Lisa's innocent act masks the fact that she's looking to bring Johnny down, and her manipulations are tearing Johnny apart. As Lisa informs her cancer-ridden mother, Claudette, that Johnny hit her (and he did not hit her, that is bull$&*t, he did not!), Johnny's best friend, Mark, finds his resistance to Lisa's seductive charms weakening. Meanwhile, local orphan Denny looks up to Johnny, and needs the older man's help after the teen rips off a drug dealer. What kind of drugs? It doesn't matter. Then guys play football in tuxedos, because you can play football anywhere. This movie is seriously not to be missed. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Room
As someone who's watched more bad movies than you can imagine, I'm mostly immune to the so-bad-it's-good aesthetic, though I can see how, viewed in a theater at midnight after a few drinks, this might conjure up its own hilariously demented reality.
The Room, has been maligned as one of the most inept movies ever made when in fact it is a sardonic comedy about sexual politics in the age of terror.
Given audience reaction at screening attended, pic may be something of a first: A movie that prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back -- before even 30 minutes have passed.
To make a movie that's so bad it's good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room's writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent.
A movie so bad, so inept, so unbelievably painful, it's almost impossible to comprehend anyone thought it would be great on-screen...
The question becomes, How much punishment can the audience take and still keep on howling?
Watching The Room is like crossing over to a counterfactual universe where the rules of film grammar and screenwriting have been written by Dan Brown.
If you like bad films performed by those without talent, films like Ed Wood Jr. cranked out, then this one will do the trick.
In the dynasty of dung, among the many pretenders to the best worst movie throne, Tommy Wiseau and his oddly named tragedy truly earns their rotten rep.
This self-financed flick's shortcomings go way beyond the standard array of glaring continuity errors, dodgy sets and stagnant editing.
If you experience brain damage as a result of watching this film, I disavow any responsibility whatsoever.
And that's the conundrum of "The Room." It's so very bad that it becomes riveting.
Tommy Wiseau's film oozes sincerity, which is then slathered in a thick coating of oblivious narcissism, and sadly serves as an example that not everyone should follow their bliss.
Audience Reviews for The Room
Generous, caring Johnny is beloved by everyone---everyone except for his sociopathic fiancée Lisa, who decides to seduce his best friend, leading to incompetently acted tragedy. It takes special skills to appreciate a movie this bad; only you can say if you're interested or not. I'm not sure I've ever been as embarrassed on another human being's behalf as I am for triple-threat Tommy Wiseau, who humiliates himself here as a director, writer and (especially) actor.More
There are bad movies. Then there are atrocious movies. And then there's The Room. Probably the most awkward and incompetently made film project of all time, Tommy Wiseau is the yin to Orson Welles' yang. If you like bad movies, this is the one to see. Make sure you see it in a packed theatre to get the full cult experience. Bring plastic spoons and a football.More
Awful in a marvelously, horrible way! I love this hot mess of a film because the problems are just so obvious. Nothing is followed up on in the script. The actors are terrible. The script is beyond nauseating. There is no artistry whatsoever! Quite simply, it is a feast on franks and beans with boxed wine for the movie connoisseur. If you are prepared and know what you're in for, this film is just fabulous beyond measure!More
Why is it called The Room? I honestly have no clue. So much uninteresting and random things in this movie. Cheating on a husband, playing football in tuxedos, generic drug-dealers, poor imitations of a chicken and sex scenes that last close to 10 minutes. This movie was written, directed and produced by Tommy Wiseau. What else did he do to involve himself more? You guessed it, he's the main actor as well. If you want to get a good idea what he's like, look to your right in the cast section of this page and look at Tommy Wiseau's picture. Beautiful, isn't it? Wiseau dubs all of his dialogue in this movie. You can tell because his lines don't match the lip movements most of the time. There really isn't a lot about this movie I can say without confusing the hell out of you. But if you want to see a hilarious review of this movie that is much better than mine, go to Youtube, type in "Nostalgia Critic The Room." It's very funny and makes sure you do one thing: DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE!More
The Room Quotes
- Leave your stupid comments in your pocket!
- Don't touch me motherfucker.
- How is your sex life?
- Mark: What's going on?
- I dont have to worry about anything because Lisa is loyal to me.
- Denny, two's great, but three's a crowd.
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