The Room (2003)
Executive Producers: Tommy Wiseau, Drew Caffrey, Chloe Lietzke
Producer: Tommy Wiseau
Director: Tommy Wiseau
Writer: Tommy Wiseau
Cast: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman, Carolyn Minnott, Mike Holmes, Dan Janjigian, Kyle Vogt, Greg Ellery
Synopsis: Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. Johnny can also be a little too trusting at times which haunts him later on. Lisa is a beautiful blonde fiancé of Johnny. She has always gotten her way and will manipulate to get what she wants. She is a taker, with a double personality, and her deadly schemes lead to her own downfall. Mark is a young, successful and independent best friend of Johnny. He has a good heart, but gets caught up in Lisa's dangerous web and gives into temptation. This eventually brings him to great loss. Claudette is the classy, sophisticated mother of Lisa who has had disappointing relationships in her life. She wants her daughter to be married as soon as possible so she can benefit. Denny is an orphan boy, naive and confused about life, love, and friendship. Denny is very ambitious and also very grateful to the people that are in his life...
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexuality, language and brief violence
Trailer for "The Room"
Roof Scene from "The Room"- An Example of how NOT to act in a movie 101
You're Tearing Me Apart Lisa!
You know how there are some really bad movies that make you sick to your stomach, while others are so horrendously bad that you can't help but enjoy them anyway, as you find yourself laughing at it's obvious stupidity? Well, "The Room" is the latter of the two. Sure, I'll be the first to admit that it's a piece of crap, as there's a lot of pointless scenes and subplots, in this movie, that add nothing to the central plot. Plus, the acting is mediocre at best; especially concerning the lead actor, Tommy Wiseau, who's so bad that he makes Steven Seagal look like a great actor by comparison. However, if you're into watching some surprisingly horrible movies to make fun of, then you might like this movie. Granted, I know it's not a great film by any means, but it's surprisingly a lot more entertaining than you might think it is.
"The Room" is an independent film that was executive produced, produced, directed, written, and starring Tommy Wiseau. Gee, this sure does sound like a personal story to me...hooray? Anyway, the film essentially follows a successful banker, Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), who's engaged to a lovely girl named Lisa. Johnny is basically portrayed as being an internal optimist to the point of being damn near unbelievable. Don't get me wrong, they certainly don't portray him to be any kind of saint in this film, but some of the stuff that he says and does makes you think that Tommy Wiseau doesn't understand even the most basic human interaction of how people are supposed to act.
One scene for instance, it shows Johnny talking to a teenage kid named Danny, who happens to be like a son to him. Johnny not only offers him a place to live, but pays for his college tuition as well. In the film, they never explain how they come to such a relationship, nor is it ever explained as to why in the scrupulous hell would Johnny even care about the kid in the first place, but I digress. Danny confesses to Johnny that he's not only in love with his fiance, Lisa, but he has fantasies about making out with her as well. Granted, any sane normal person would get mad, or feel a bit weird by this...but how does Johnny act? He's actually perfectly fine with it. No, I'm not kidding, nor am I being sarcastic when I say this either, as he's genuinely fine with it... Yeah...I'm sorry if I'm about to sound a bit cynical here, but what normal person would just be totally okay if their surrogate son confessed to them that they were in love with their fiance? Seriously, in real life, two things would happen for sure, or possibly both. One, there'd probably be some arguing involved, and some fighting too. And secondly, you can expect a lot of awkwardness between the two for a very long time. However, not in this movie. No, if anything, Johnny just says some long winded speech that it's okay to love someone deep in your heart, and how the world would be a better place if we all loved each other. Gee, Johnny must high on some damn good drugs, as I can't imagine any sane guy acting this way if their surrogate son said this to them.
Of course, to add insult to injury, the scene turns out to be totally pointless anyway, as it's never brought up, nor mentioned again. Gee, why would Tommy write that into the film only to do absolutely nothing with it? Seriously, I could literally write an entire hub on many pointless scenes there are in this film, as it's literally that bad.
As there's even a pointless scene where Lisa's friends come over to Johnny's apartment to have sex. Why these horny kids couldn't just go to their own place to have sex is a mystery, as I guess they just find it more erotic to have sex in other people's apartments. Of course, if I had friends like these, I'd probably never speak to them again, and find new ones. But, that's just me. However, lets not forget about another pointless moment where they briefly show Danny getting terrorized by a drug dealer because he owes them some money. What's the point of the scene considering it never gets referenced to nor mentioned again afterwards? We don't know.
However, to get back to the story, Lisa doesn't love Johnny anymore because he's boring. Oh poor Lisa. Sure, some girls have all the luck by ending up with guys that treat them like crap, beat them up, cheat on them and such. But to end up with a man that's boring? Why, that's downright unforgivable. How dare you be boring for a lady, Mr. Johnny? How dare you? Oh what's a poor bored girl to do? Sure, she later finds out her mom has cancer in the film, but that's small potatoes to her, as she quickly dismisses her mom's news to say, "You'll be fine mother." Then quickly turns into a shallow b****, as she says that her biggest problems is that Johnny is still....BORING! Gee, it sure does sound like Lisa has her priorities straight....
To make a long story short without giving away too much, she starts to have an affair with Johnny's best friend, Mark. With Mark being the gullible moron that he is, he shows up in various scenes to have sex with Lisa, while acting completely surprised every time before they have sex.
As I stated before, this film's acting, dialogue and editing is laughable at best. Not only are the characters' motives completely unclear for the most part, but there's too many pointless scenes that don't really go anywhere. Sure, I can understand Tommy Wiseau was trying to create some filler to explain how much of a nice guy his character was, but all it really does is distract from the central story line. Granted, it's listed as a dark comedy, but where's the humor? Where are the jokes? Don't most jokes have punchlines? Or they're a product of good timing and clever writing? No, the only thing that's remotely funny about this film is how laughably bad it is. It's one of those films that's so freakishly bad that you can't help but watch it..if only to see what a truly bad film is like. Hell, if I had my way, I'd make every film class show this movie as an example of how not to direct, produce, executive produce, write and act in a film.
However, in spite of this film's many flaws, I actually kind of enjoyed it to be honest. Yes, the film outright sucks on it's own merit, but it's one of those films that you have to see to believe. It's so consistently bad that a part of you feels that this might be the stupidest film ever made, yet by the end of it, you find yourself laughing uncontrollably at the film; which makes it a guilty pleasure to watch. In the end, I'd have to give this film a two out of four. Truly a must see for any movie fan if only to see just how freakishly bad a movie can be, but somehow come out being entertaining as sin.
Nostalgia Critic's Review of "The Room"- Warning: It does contain spoilers
Nostalgia Critic's parody of Tommy Wiseau
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