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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,120,616, 8 March 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes in the movie take place on rooftops (Greg talking to actor friend, Greg talking to Tommy), a clear nod to the multiple scenes which take place on the roof in The Room (2003). See more »

Goofs

The infamous rooftop scene actually took 32 takes to get right; not a deliberate 67 takes in Franco's version. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kristen Bell: If you were to ask the five best filmmakers in the world right now to make a movie like this... it... it wouldn't even be in the same universe.
Ike Barinholtz: I was blown away. Like, like three minutes in, I turn to my friend, "This is the fucking greatest movie I've ever seen in my life."
[chuckles]
Adam Scott: It has withstood, like, ten years? And people are still watching a movie and talking about a movie. People aren't doing that about whatever won the Oscar for Best Picture ten years ago.
Kevin Smith: What genius is...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

With the exception of the title itself, there are no opening credits in this film. See more »

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Featured in Sean Bradley Reviews: The Disaster Artist (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Gonna Give You Up
Written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken (as Matthew Aitken) & Pete Waterman (as Peter Waterman)
Performed by Rick Astley
Performed by James Franco (uncredited) and Dave Franco (uncredited)
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Watery Synopsis and a Thin, Over-Hyped Leading Performance
10 March 2018 | by Sean LambergerSee all my reviews

James Franco takes a swing at the story behind The Room, a film so hopelessly inept it's developed a tenured, loyal cult following. This take has moments, but often seems to merely skim (if not altogether miss) what makes the subject so fascinating. Maybe I'd have better appreciated it if I hadn't read Greg Sestero's tell-all of the same name, which delves much deeper into the production's dysfunction. By comparison, this feels like a watery synopsis that, puzzlingly, leaves out some of the most interesting backstage dishes. It can't have been in the pursuit of a smoother narrative or a more clear-cut relationship between the two leads, because those blessings never arrive. Franco both directs and stars as Tommy Wiseau, the confusingly secretive social outcast at the center of it all, but given the buzz and awards surrounding his performance I was left wondering if I'd missed something. The famous accent doesn't feel quite right, often played with a wink and a grin that belies a soft undercurrent of derision, and his wardrobe may as well have come from a seasonal Halloween shop. His role comes off like an awkward cosplay rather than a serious performance, a gag act that went too far, and the surrounding film isn't fiery, appealing or even interesting enough to compensate. Good for a few laughs at best, maybe more for viewers less familiar with the subject, but as a one-man show it falls flat.


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