Posted on 12/30/11 09:57 PM
This is stupid. I mean, this is really stupid. But you should see it at least once.
To me, "The Room" doesn't achieve that so-phenomenally-horrible-that-it's-mesmerizing quality of "Ben & Arthur" (I know that's twice now that I've opened by referencing that particular obscure z-movie), but it's just bizarre and wrongheaded enough that it's worth seeing for laughs.
So, the plot...well, I don't know where to go from there. Basically, star/director/writer/auteur(I guess?) Tommy Wiseau is Johnny, a successful banker in San Francisco. Despite his success, his fiance Lisa is unhappy with him (she's apparently some sort of sociopath, I don't know. There are no characters in this movie who act like humans are known to) and cheats on him with his best friend, Mark.
Seriously, that's it. Thing is, though, it's not it. That particular plot, by itself, is only worth about a half an hour, but it's drawn out over almost two. Which leads to a lot of "padding". A lot of the "padding" consists of not only some of the most boring and awkwardly filmed sex scenes you'll ever see (anyone who criticized the one in "Watchmen" needs to have a look at this), but also, just a lot of...bizarre shit. Which is where most of the unintentional hilarity comes from. Subplots that serve no purpose come out of nowhere then disappear, and the acting is...what's a good way to put it? It's like it exists in its own universe, outside of good or bad.
See it to marvel not so much at how it's bad (and it is that), but so much at how Tommy Wiseau doesn't seem to be writing from our dimension of reality. The characters don't talk like normal humans (i.e, the famous "breast cancer" line). They don't behave like normal humans (i.e, one man alsmost throws another man over the ledge of a building, then they go back to talking nonchalantly, or pretty much any scene with "Denny" in it). If the goal of "The Room" was to portray some alternate reality, then it did it well...although, I don't want to give Tommy Wiseau any ideas.