Sunday, April 5, 2009

Day Eighty-Seven: The Room (2003) - Rank 1/5


Jesus...I think my friend Adam summed it up best when he said, "Who the fuck would ever give that guy money?" The guy to which he refers is none other than Tommy Wiseau, the scraggly writer/director/producer/star with a dubious background and a far more indiscernible accent. He's been infamous for a number of years in Hollywood for creating one of the worst films ever made. His notoriety soared when he appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job about a month ago. I'd planned on renting the film down the road, but then Adult Swim actually aired the film at midnight. Despite my fatigue at the time, I couldn't pull my attention away from the film. It was like watching a train wreck slowed down to the length of two hours.

Actually, I take that back. The best description of the film would be a soft core porno you'd buy in a dollar bin at K-Mart. The acting, script, the really bad ADR (dubbing in post production)...everything is so indescribably bad, it's laughable. To see what I mean, check out my favorite scene, Tommy's arrival at the florist. A couple of other notable scenes are when Tommy goes on a rampage and when his potential mother-in-law drops the bomb about her breast cancer. And it is funny at first, but soon the humor wears off as the film drags on. Trust me. Or don't. Go out and watch it, you masochistic bastard.

In the wake of all this publicity, Tommy has gone on to claim that it was made to be purposefully bad, but I honestly doubt it. Sitting down and watching the whole film, I'm convinced that everyone is trying to be as serious as possible, which is absolutely sad. Sadder still is that bastard is going to make so much money now that his film has been shown on cable TV. I guess this means only one thing now that this precedent has been set..."Team Switchblades" has a chance. Sorry, Bennett.

Watch the Trailer or just watch Tommy laugh

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