The Room (2003)

Characterized as the Citizen Kane of bad films, this indie-cult sensation will remain as one of the most humorous films of all time.

Directed, written, produced, and staring aspiring actor, Tommy Wiseau, it’s centered on a melodramatic love triangle among amiable banker Johnny (Wiseau), his deceptive fiancée Lisa (Juliette Danielle), and his conflicted best friend Mark (Greg Sestero).

What is so significant about this film is its lack of plot, climax, character development, consistency, and pretty much everything a film needs to be successful. Because of its flaws and over dramatic performance, The Room instantly became ridiculed and a cult classic.

The film consist of: humorous characters, including Denny, whose relationship to the protagonist remains unclear but somehow keeps showing up in every scene; humorous lines, like “You are tearing me apart, Lisa;” humorous sets and humorous acting. 

After reading Greg Sestero memoir, The Disaster Artist: My life inside The Room, I learn that it wasn’t Wiseau’s intention to make a bad film although he claims the opposite. After not being able to obtain any acting gig in Hollywood and on the verge of self-destruction, Wiseau decided to take matters into his own hands and write a film to star in. Thinking it would demonstrate his talent to Hollywoods casting agents, Wiseau created a dramatic story about betrayal, which I assume was a reflection of Hollywood giving Wiseau the “cold shoulder.”

Unfortunately, like many other amateur projects, the film bombed and destroyed the little credibility Wiseau established in Hollywood. Today, Wiseau is remembered as heavy accent man that lives a secret life and wrote the “greatest” terrible film that is enjoyed all over the world.

My favorite pastime is attending a showing of The Room because it is the most fun I will ever have. Once there, the audience yells vulgar comments at the screen, mocks the characters by reciting their infamous lines, throws plastic spoons whenever a framed picture of a spoon appears, counts the times Wiseau’s character says hello, and claps along with the terrible soundtrack, among other things. Here is a clip of a screening just to give you a taste of the crowed that shares my outspoken personality (WARNING: YOU MAY WANT TO TURN DOWN YOUR VOLUME):

Video Credit: antisocialxgrl

There are even Youtubers like Pewdiepie who demonstrated his love for the film. But my favorite Youtube video criticizing this film was made by CinemaSins. For those of you who are not familiar, CinemaSins is a Youtube channel that has a series called “Everything Wrong With…” where they point out flaws and make humorous comments about it. My favorite comment in this video is narrator pointing out a character’s lack of compassion and not remembering that she has breast cancer. I seen this video at least a hundred times.

 

If you are looking for a laugh and a good time, I highly recommend attending a screening or at least watching the film on your time. It definitely satisfies the relief theory of humor.

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