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|ROOM, THE (director/writer: Tommy Wiseau; cinematographer: Todd Barron; editor: Eric Yalkut Chase; music: Mladen Milicevic; cast: Juliette Danielle (Lisa), Greg Sestero (Mark), Tommy Wiseau (Johnny), Philip Haldiman (Denny), Carolyn Minnott (Claudette, Lisa's Mother), Robyn Paris (Michelle), Mike Holmes (Mike), Kyle Vogt (Peter); Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Tommy Wiseau; Wiseau-Films; 2003)|
you like bad films performed by those without talent, films like Ed
Wood Jr. cranked out, then this one will do the trick."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Hapless writer, director, producer and star Tommy Wiseau
("Homeless in America") is
an immigrant with an unrecognizable foreign accent (Eastern European?)
from some unknown place (maybe Mars!) who lays this dreck vanity
project indie (financed with Wiseau's $7million from selling Korean
leather jackets) on us and would you believe it there's a cult
following for it (only in
America!) as it gets some play
as a Midnite movie with an interactive loyal fanbase, like for the Rocky Horror
Picture Show. The Room once
falsely billed itself as a Tennessee Williams type of drama but now is
less delusional and bills itself as a comedy, but its witless comedy is
of the unintentional kind. If you like bad films performed by those
without talent, films like Ed Wood Jr. cranked out, then this one will
do the trick. Except I found the Wood films more or less amusing and
this one a bore, showing one can have discretion even when it comes to
San Francisco banker Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) is a
well-meaning generous sap who is set to marry his manipulative bitchy
girlfriend Lisa (Juliette
Danielle), someone he knows for the last seven years. Johnny bought her
a car and the apartment where she lives, but Lisa tells her heartless
Minnott), who believes in marriages of convenience and that there's no
such thing as love, that she no longer loves her Johnny and finds him a
bore. Lisa also mentions she had sex with Johnny's best friend Mark (Greg Sestero), and loves him. Mom's advice is to marry Johnny because
he's a good provider and a good catch, that it doesn't matter that she
can't stomach him anymore because she got him eating out of her hand
and can get from him anything she craves. How Lisa gets out of the
doomed marriage, set in a month's time, leads to tragedy.
The pathetic film is laced with strained dialogue, stilted acting, an unbearably horrid love triangle story, a nauseous-inducing syrupy jazz score and a lack of any directorial direction. Those who fell in love with it, loved it for all its missteps and got a hoot laughing at it and poking fun at all the wooden characters. If you were like me and found it not funny, The Room will only remind you that it brings shallow filmmaking to a new low.
REVIEWED ON 8/30/2010 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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