A/perture had a special showing of the film The Room on Saturday as part of their n/ight shift series. If you were unable to make it, I highly suggest that you find some way to see this film. The Room, made in 2003, has been called one of the worst films ever. You may be thinking: “well then why on earth would I want to watch it??” Allow me tell you why…
This film (can you even justify calling it a film?) is so bad that it is so good. If you’re a film nerd like me you’ll absolutely love tearing this movie apart; there are plot holes and continuity errors galore! I have never watched a film that has made me laugh as hard as this one, just because it is so bad. One of my favorite examples of The Room‘s numerous flaws is when (spoiler alert) the mother reveals that she has breast cancer……and then it’s never mentioned again in the rest of the film. This film has a plethora of pointless scenes and random characters that just don’t make sense. Often the dialogue doesn’t even flow correctly! For example:
“Johnny: [walks into flower shop] Hi.
Flower Shop Clerk: Can I help you?
Johnny: Yeah, can I have a dozen red roses, please?
Flower Shop Clerk: Oh, hi, Johnny. I didn’t know it was you.
[grabs bouquet of roses]
Flower Shop Clerk: Here you go.
Johnny: That’s me. How much is it?
Flower Shop Clerk: It’ll be eighteen dollars.
Johnny: [hands over cash] Here you go. Keep the change.
[grabs flowers and pats dog on the counter]
Johnny: Hi, doggy.
Flower Shop Clerk: You’re my favorite customer.
Johnny: Thanks a lot. Bye!
Flower Shop Clerk: Buh-bye!”
Just reading that over makes my skin crawl because of how stiff and unnatural the dialogue is. There is often a scene where the topic/mood will change abruptly and completely out of the blue. For example:
“Mark: How was work today?
Johnny: Oh, pretty good. We got a new client and the bank will make a lot of money.
Mark: What client?
Johnny: I cannot tell you; it’s confidential.
Mark: Aw, come on. Why not?
Johnny: No, I can’t. Anyway, how is your sex life?”
Like…!!?!? The script makes me want to bang my head against a wall! But, as this film is not one to take seriously, all of the hideous errors and blatant flaws just make the film even funnier. Interestingly enough though, the film was not made to be a comedy. The director, writer, and star, Tommy Wiseau, fully intended for the film to be a serious drama. I’m not sure what he was on when he was writing and planning this film, because it obviously did not come out as he intended. Wiseau has since embraced the new reputation of The Room and has said that he completely planned on it being a black comedy. [Come on Tommy, you’re not fooling anyone.]
Another infamous line from Tommy Wiseau and an excellent example of poorly-flowed dialogue:
The Room has a rating of a 3.5 on IMDB (mainly because some people really love how bad it is so they give it 10’s) and a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you like films but aren’t too observant when it comes to some of the technical aspects of filmmaking, you may not appreciate this film as much as a budding filmmaker or a tough film critic would. But, you’d have to be blind and deaf to not find it funny at how horrible it is.
I hope at this point I’ve convinced you to get together with some friends that love to critique films and that I’ve informed you of how horribly amazing this film really is. I’ll leave you with my favorite line…
“Johnny: How dare you talk to me like that!
[pushes Lisa back on the couch]
Johnny: You should tell me everything!
Lisa: I can’t talk right now.
Johnny: [sits next to Lisa] Why, Lisa? Why, Lisa? Please talk to me, please! You are part of my life! You are everything! I could not go on without you, Lisa.
Lisa: You’re scaring me.
[Lisa gets up, but Johnny also gets up]
Johnny: You’re lying! I never hit you! YOU ARE TEARING ME APART LISA!”
I hope you enjoyed this review! It’s a bit different than my usual reviews so I hope that it was up to par and that you liked this style of writing! Feel free to leave any comments with suggestions or tips!