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The Disaster Artist (2017)

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When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

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James Franco

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Scott Neustadter (screenplay by), Michael H. Weber (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 78 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Franco ... Greg / 'Mark'
James Franco ... Tommy / 'Johnny'
Seth Rogen ... Sandy
Ari Graynor ... Juliette / 'Lisa'
Alison Brie ... Amber
Jacki Weaver ... Carolyn / 'Claudette'
Paul Scheer ... Raphael
Zac Efron ... Dan / 'Chris-R'
Josh Hutcherson ... Philip / 'Denny'
June Diane Raphael ... Robyn / 'Michelle'
Megan Mullally ... Mrs. Sestero
Jason Mantzoukas ... Peter
Andrew Santino ... Scott Holmes / 'Mike'
Nathan Fielder ... Kyle Vogt / 'Peter'
Joe Mande ... Todd
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Storyline

Aspiring actor Greg Sestero befriends the eccentric Tommy Wiseau. The two travel to L.A, and when Hollywood rejects them, Tommy decides to write, direct, produce and star in their own movie. That movie is The Room, which has attained cult status as the "Citizen Kane" of bad movies. Written by rorybobglynn

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Disaster Artist See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,211,345, 3 December 2017

Gross USA:

$21,120,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,820,616
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In a December 2017 interview, Greg Sestero admitted that he was disappointed with the film; he felt the film "should've been a half hour longer" and that it "should've included Tommy's backstory." See more »

Goofs

Between cuts once Tommy and Greg are in front of the screen at the premier, Tommy's sunglasses move from being on his head to on his face. See more »

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Kevin Smith: What genius is...
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Miles Away
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One managed to escape from your sweatshops
2 April 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

The Room as a post-irony phenomenon with a sole purpose to mock and deride performers who weren't quite performing to the caliber of the idiot audiences specification, here another symptom in late-stage capitalism finding millennial's lashing out at their own irrelevance in a society which has no place at all for them economically, socially, morally. This can only occur in a culture where entertainment is identity, culture is religion, meaning is a prank.

What seemed harmless before is becoming quite clear in hindsight what this was; the have's assaults on the have not's attempting to exit their strata through grit, sweat, and skin in the game. Once upon a time art was a noble undertaking commanding society's respect. Now it is some kind of a political badminton match, birdy smashed with might, but floating back and forth as this waving stupid thing.

Of course making him a folk hero is the consolation their hatred is good-willed, but it never has the effect they think; you see this every once in a while with David Hung or Rebecca Black, the Quasimodo made king of fools and and shortly after pummeled with tomatoes. This is ugly Americanism, an abuse of your power that your great conglomerates seeped into foreign nations and seemed to their wanting populaces as some great ideal. As in, it's your fault. But he can't pronounce words the proper way? He slurs and mutters? His world-view is slightly off, alien to highlight ours in a comical way. Of course, I mean he didn't grow up here. So what is the crime; that foreigners are foreign? That they're people too? With dreams? Is it some sort of collective guilt where you managed to outsource a bit of culture amidst your sweatshops, and there one escaped?

Sometimes these folk heroes within societies of great decay are even given social and political power. Remember, everything is backward. Outside is identity. Material is spirituality. Culture is debasing not lifting. Art is hate.


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