The Room

D: Tommy Wiseau
Wiseau Films (Tommy Wiseau)
US 2003
99 mins


W: Tommy Wiseau
DP: Todd Barron
Ed: Eric Chase
Mus: Mladen Milicevic

Tommy Wiseau (Johnny), Juliette Danielle (Lisa), Greg Sestero (Mark), Philip Haldiman (Denny), Carolyn Minnott (Claudette), Robyn Paris (Michelle), Scott Holmes (Mike), Dan Janjigian (Chris R)

The Citizen Kane of bad movies, so ineptly scripted, directed and acted that it's actually hilarious.

The paper-thin plot concerns a banker who discovers that his best friend and his girlfriend are having an affair, but bereft with suicidal pacing and subplots that go absolutely nowhere, coupled with the atrociously bad acting performances, the material stretches to a running time of 99 minutes, quite a lot of which are made up of sex scenes & outtakes from them.

Writer-director-producer and star Tommy Wiseau almost seems proud of his film's notorious "achievement" of being heralded as one of the worst ever made, and as such a cult following has amassed to celebrate the film's badness. 

It's not actual possible to grade this film on a one-to-ten scale due to it being simultaneously awful and unbelievably compelling, therefore it's exempt from a rating. From a filmmaking perspective, including all aspects of writing, direction, acting, cinematography, editing, etc. it barely registers a one, but for sheer entertainment value it's right up there with the classics, just because it's so damn terrible.


Tommy Wiseau in The Room
Tommy Wiseau in The Room