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The Room (2003)

R  |   |  Drama  |  3 March 2004 (Australia)
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Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.



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In San Francisco, we follow Johnny, a man who has a girlfriend, Lisa, and also his best friend, Mark. Lisa has been cheating on Johnny with Mark and Johnny doesn't know! Will Johnny ever find out? Will Mark still be Johnny's best friend? Written by maxkriegelnance

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A film with the passion of Tennessee Williams. See more »



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Rated R for sexuality, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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According to Tommy Wiseau, Lisa's mother makes a full recovery from her breast cancer. See more »


In the "Love is Blind" scene, Johnny is sitting on either a red or white sofa depending on the camera angle. See more »


[first lines]
Johnny: Hi, babe. I have something for you.
Lisa: What is it?
Johnny: Just a little something.
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Craft Service - L.A. & S.F. Fast Food See more »


References Marihuana (1936) See more »


Performed by Clint Jun Gamboa (as Clint Gamboa)
Written by Clint Jun Gamboa (as Clint Gamboa) and Wayman Davis
Music written and arranged by Wayman Davis for Nu-Rhythmn
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Wiseau, they're laughing at you, not with you
6 July 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Okay, honestly I had to review this film as a way to try and find some understanding as to why it has such a cult following. I will say up front that the one good thing about it was that it was screened on 35mm, but that is where the good points end. I hope this acts as the first review that wasn't written by one of Tommy Wiseau's relatives or some other close friend of his. Read the other reviews on IMDb and you'll see what I mean.

What was this suppose to be? I saw "The Room" as part of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and from the program notes it was apparently supposed to be a black comedy. Huh? The only thing funny about it was how seriously the director and his cast took the project. The acting was terrible, even for low budget standards. The editing was something straight out of a soap opera rather than a full length feature with all it's generic establishing shots and sitcom-esque attempts at time passage.

The "love scenes" in this film, and I use that phrase loosely, are borderline nauseating. The actors are unattractive at best. It was like watching my parents get it on. However, it made me laugh. It made everybody laugh. But no one was laughing with this director's self proclaimed elaborate joke. Instead, most were laughing at how horrible it was one scene after another.

The bottom line is that Wiseau set out to make a deep, thought provoking film about betrayal and trust and all those common themes that many great films have explored. The problem comes in the fact that he failed so horribly that the finished product came off as funny and now he's acting like this is what he meant to have happen. This was not meant originally to be couldn't have been. I'm not buying it. This film was simply a big mistake that some people enjoy watching like a car accident out on the freeway.

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