The Room, a movie review

A movie review written by: Lee sonogan

(2003) 1h39min/Drama


Lisa: Do you want me to order a pizza?

Johnny: Whatever, I don’t care.

Lisa: I already ordered a pizza.

Johnny: You think about everything, ha ha ha.

This movie has a cult following and everyone else hates it. But do I hate it? You are about to find out. IMDB describes this movie as Johnny a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again. The movie is written, directed and starred by Tommy Wiseau. With a budget of six million dollars, it made $1800 at the box office.

The entire scenes were out of focus because nobody bothered to check the lens. Filming took over six months. In that time, two cinematographers along with their crews resigned and three actors left, being either recast or replaced with a completely different character. Most of the crew were convinced the film would never be seen by anyone. Last year in 2017 a biography/comedy was made and directed by James Franco based on the making of The Room. Called The Disaster Artist, it has gotten higher ratings compared to the movie made in 2003.

After a very limited theatrical run, the film has become popular with a cult following. Audience members dress up as the characters, throw plastic spoons at the screen, and toss footballs to each other. Tommy Wiseau attends many screenings and holds Q&A sessions with the audience. Tommy Wiseau has expressed plans to adapt the movie into a Broadway musical. Also on the internet, Tommy Wiseau has become more famous because of all the memes that are connected with him.

According to Juliette Danielle, when Tommy Wiseau said the line, “In a few minutes, bitch,” everyone on the set began laughing at him. Wiseau came out of the bathroom and demanded to know what was so funny. I could imagine many scenes in this movie where everyone was laughing at what they were filming. Post-release, Tommy Wiseau claims that this film was always meant to be a comedy full of so-bad-it’s-good elements. The rest of the cast has doubt on that theory.

Where do I begin? This is a very bad movie but, it’s not as bad as you think. I was told it was unwatchable. Being a drama I thought it would be boring. The film is more like a black comedy. Done badly for the comedy effect without realising it. Shot and edited weird. Over the top and long sex scenes. The dialogue and how they say it. That scene where the main character’s best friend tries to kill someone and how it was shortly forgotten. Everything that Tommy Wiseau says and does in the film.  The terrible acting overall. The lack of development in various parts of the story. The ending after all of that can not be taken that seriously. I do not recommend this movie to anyone unless you are in the mood for a bad black comedy. As a black comedy, I would give this film a 4.9/10. As its intended genre, I would rate it…


[Johnny walks to the apartment rooftop]

Johnny: I did not hit her, it’s not true! It’s bullshit! I did not hit her!

[throws water bottle]

Johnny: I did *not*. Oh hi, Mark.

Mark: Oh, hey Johnny, what’s up?

Johnny: I have a problem with Lisa. She says that I hit her.

Mark: What? Did you?

Johnny: [sits down] No, it’s not true. Don’t even ask. What’s new with you?

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