Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.
USA, 2003. Wiseau-Films. Screenplay by Tommy Wiseau. Cinematography by Todd Barron. Produced by Tommy Wiseau. Music by Mladen Milicevic. Production Design by Mercedes Younger. Costume Design by Safowa Bright-Asare. Film Editing by Eric Chase.
The film notoriously known as the greatest bad movie ever made is, to your greatest disappointment, not the worst movie ever made, but it’s easy to see why it holds that spot. After all, Citizen Kane is known as the greatest movie ever made not because it’s actually the best but because it’s where all film criticism and audience appreciation finds its central meeting point; The Room, famous as much for its promotion and Rocky Horror-style screenings, is in a similar circumstance. What plot there is focuses on an office employee (he works for a computer company or a bank, it’s a fluid matter like many things in this film), played by writer-producer-director Tommy Wiseau, who is in love with his girlfriend (Juliette Danielle) and has no idea that she is sleeping with his best friend (Greg Sestero). She tells her mom that she’s going to leave Wiseau even though everyone tells her not to, and after about four sex scenes in the first half hour, a weird football game in tuxes, a surprise birthday party and a lot of what can only be called excessive use of green screen technology, the drama comes to a head and a confrontation at last occurs. Some of the lines (“Oh Hi Mark!” “You’re tearing me APART, Lisa!”) have achieved a fame of their own, and there’s something admirable about a film this bad achieving the kind of pop culture status that Snakes On A Plane attempted and failed at (I knew everything about The Room before actually seeing it). That said, all this doesn’t really add up to something watchable, so see it at a packed midnight screening or its very long 100 minutes is very hard to endure.