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Is it so bad you can’t look away? Or so good you can’t look away?
This film has been called the ‘Citizen Kane of Bad movies’, it doesn’t make sense, the acting is so poor it’s breathtaking, the sex scene is so bad that it makes me want to join a nunnery, the conclusion is ridiculously clichéd and hackneyed, the film is littered with bizarre conversations that bear no relevance to the plot, there’s absolutely zero continuity and the main star seems off-puttingly like an enraged serial sexual deviant.
The movie is the Room, written, directed, starring and produced by Tommy Wiseau. Do you sense a theme in who was making the big decisions in this film?
It somehow had a reasonably large budget- over $6 million – none of which is even remotely evident in the low-quality sets, poor camera work and porn star level acting.
The most-engagingly insane thing about this film is that the majority of the dialogue revolves around the characters worshipfully praising the main character, played by (who else?) Tommy Wiseau.
I can sum up the majority of the dialogue like this. Imagine, for a minute, that Brad Pitt, Mother Theresa, President Obama at the height of his popularity, and the best sports team you know of (I don’t know sport, ok?) were all combined into one single person. That’s how awesome everyone says Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) is. He is the greatest person who has ever or will ever live. And everyone is struck with the kind of worshipful love that you would expect for meeting a person as awesome as that.
Don’t watch this if you want the film to make sense, at all, in any way. But on the other hand… watch it. Prepare mentally for the most confusing, brain shakingly off-putting thing you’ve ever seen and then go for it. Oh, and watch it with a friend. Because you need someone to turn to and scream “WHAT? WHAT JUST HAPPENED?”