The Worst Movie Ever Made?

The Room is often referred to as the Citizen Kane of bad movies. It’s definitely bad, but I wouldn’t call it offensively bad. No, The Room falls under the category of “so bad it’s good.” Not like other bad movies that are so bad you never want to see them again. The Room actually has surprisingly good rewatchability. In case you’re unaware, The Room is an independent low-budget movie written by, produced by, directed by, and starring the infamous Tommy Wiseau. A mysterious foreigner who was somehow able to get this movie made. Despite how bad it turned out. Even its bizarre poster and billboard became iconic. I can’t really say in a few short sentences what it’s about, because I don’t even think Tommy Wiseau knows what it’s about. It’s labeled a Drama, but the movie’s so hilariously bad that most consider it a comedy. That’s what makes The Room good in a bad way. Every line in the movie is so bafflingly bad that it’s kinda clever. With several scenes that go absolutely nowhere, uncomfortable sex scenes, and acting that almost has to be seen to be believed…

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“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”

The Room takes place in the lovely San Francisco landscape. I say lovely because almost half of the movie is just establishing shots of the city (or in poorly CGI’d background shots). Tommy Wiseau plays the all-American hero Johnny. Despite having a hard to place foreign accent. Best recognised by his constant laughter and inability to make chicken noises. Everybody knows and loves Johnny. He works a successful banker job, has a “future wife” named Lisa, and a best friend named Mark. Both of whom are at least a few decades younger than him. Everything seems to be going well for Johnny until Lisa suddenly decides out of nowhere that she doesn’t love him anymore. Something that gets brought up at least 5 times throughout the movie. Until she doesn’t want to talk about it. She also starts to sleep with best friend Mark. This leads Johnny to feel betrayed and get fed up with this world. The plot is pretty simple, but it’s what happens in between that really makes The Room stand out. The Room is filled with several lengthy sex scenes that happen with R&B songs playing. The beginning of the movie has so many that you’d almost swear you were watching a bad porno. If not for Tommy Wiseau’s ridiculously high aim. As well as unexplained games of football. One even played in tuxedos. There’s also a random scene with a drug dealer involving Johnny’s creepy roommate Denny (he’s like a son to Johnny). A conversation involving Lisa’s mother where she says she “definitely has breast cancer.” Also never brought up again. Sudden mood spikes, an out of nowhere scene in a coffee shop, and a particularly memorable scene in a flower shop (“hi doggy”). Not to mention the fact that so many of Wiseau’s lines had to be dubbed. Despite all these glaring problems, The Room later managed to become a cult hit. One that hundreds of fans watch, quote, and enjoy (spoons!). The Room is just a really bad movie, beginning to end. I definitely recommend it.

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“I did not hit her, it’s not true! It’s bullsh*t! I did not hit her! I did not! Oh hi, Mark”

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