The Room: Friday August 27, The Uptown

The Room has been painted with plenty of different strokes. Wikipedia calls it “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Entertainment Weekly agreed, anointing director Tommy Wiseau as “the Orson Welles of crap.” Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 36 per cent rating, which is generous, considering Slate called it “physically trying to watch.”

Either way, it’s the 2003 indie-cult flick that made Wiseau a star on the midnight movie circuit and a veritable comicon A-lister (and hey, it also landed him a guest-directing slot on The Tim and Eric Awesome Show Good Job! Just sayin’). And if you’re going to catch one midnight screening all year, there are few that can rival The Room, playing at 11:00 pm on Friday, August 27 at The Uptown. Don't sleep: It's a one-off occasion.

Loosely put, it’s a black comedy about a lover’s triangle between Johnny (Wiseau), his fiancée Lisa (Juliette Danielle) his best friend (Greg Sestero) — we think. But actually, it’s a carousel of adopted-then-abanadoned plot tangents, barely-named characters and jarringly disjointed dialogue, mostly set in Johnny’s living room and rooftop  (which features a San Francisco backdrop that looks straight out of the original Star Trek). And Wiseau — a man who simultaneously remembles a philanthropic Igor Kenk and a lobotomized salamander — is at its heart.

Then, there are the R&B-fuelled, painfully awkward sex scenes that the ambiguously-accented Wiseau  has since made his trademark. Like, five of them. We suspect that it was enough to have ruined Danielle’s career; she hasn’t appeared in anything since.

But mostly, The Room is a patchwork of events with little sequence, correlation or narrative direction. Accordingly, this doesn’t feel like a story; it feels like a statement. Of what, exactly, we’re not quite sure.

But don’t listen to us. We’ll let the clips do the talking — no context required.

Here, moments of raw, visceral emotion:


There, riveting moments of real talk:


Elsewhere, thoughtful ruminations on the fairer sex:



Football as a genuinely befuddling motif:


And good old-fashioned destruction:


We repeat: If you’re going to one midnight screening all year, it should be The Room. Drinks will be available, so, in Wiseau's words, don’t worry about it.


more in Film Reviews     |     posted Aug 26th, 2010 at 12:39pm     

Comments: 5

brennan wrote:

missing one of my favourite clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnnTqFTHGuc
The breast cancer line.

on Aug 26th, 2010 at 5:34pm Report Abuse

calgaryfilmmaverick wrote:

This movie is so great with an audience. Glad to see it finally in Calgary.

on Aug 26th, 2010 at 8:22pm Report Abuse

calgaryfilmmaverick wrote:

Is anyone else bringing spoons?

on Aug 27th, 2010 at 8:58am Report Abuse

Mark_Teo wrote:

Oh geez. The breast cancer line — one of the best ditched plotlines (if you can call it that).

Also: "Denny is taking drugs!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FSddF8p_U

on Aug 27th, 2010 at 4:24pm Report Abuse

brennan wrote:

Sounds like this Friday's screening of it is going to be huge.

on Nov 10th, 2010 at 5:05pm Report Abuse


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