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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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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.
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.
We sit there in the dark, our eyes move over flutters of passive motion, and eventually the screen goes black. That's it.
The Room is pure unintentional camp. Somehow 14 years later it's still popular and is now considered a cult classic.
It is, in short, the ne plus ultra of crap. A trash masterpiece.
...has what every landmark bad movie needs: total commitment.
I've seen worse.
One of the only films from the whole of the 21st Century to live up to every fragment of its hype.
If there is a 21st-century Edward D. Wood Jr., it is probably Tommy Wiseau.
What puts "The Room" in a class of its own is its overabundant idiocy. While you're still gasping at one of the film's moronic lines or vagrant plot knots, another one rises up to smack you in the head.
Are you kidding me? This is brillant!!!
Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the new Ed Wood of the 21st century, a guy so laughably inept in just about everything (his acting is atrocious) that he made me even feel sorry for him - but then I only need to think about how misogynist this awful movie is to not care anymore.
Poorly written, acted and executed, yet entertaining to an extent amidst all the disaster. The Room, though sacred and notorious for one Tommy Wiseau, is so terrible it's great in its cult-like way. 1/5
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.
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