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The Room (2003)

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This week, I’ve decided to change a bit the ethics of MUST, so beware because if you decide to take this advice your life will never be the same. For those who haven’t heard about this movie after all the fuzz surrounding James Franco, Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, trust me you’re about to walk into a new world in which nothing is normal and in which guys play American football with tuxedos. From a love affair to a woman who is not devastated at all for having breast cancer but who is upset with her daughter because she wants to ditch a guy who is going to buy her a house, ladies and gentlemen this is The Room.

Forget everything you know about love and trust and get ready to meet Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), a man who has the most incomprehensible accent I’ve ever heard and who loves to say “Oh hi!”. Johnny is in love with Lisa (Juliette Danielle) who wants to cheat him with Mark (Greg Sestero)… The problem is that Mark is Johnny’s best friend but in the end but thanks to Lisa’s persuasion skills no one gives a damn! Yeah everyone loves a good love triangle, especially with “sexy” scenes in the middle… But wait there’s more! You will meet the greatest mother of all time, Lisa’s mother, Claudette (Carolyn Minnott)… A woman who gives the best advices to her daughter, including not marrying with the guy you are in love with if the other one wants to buy you a house. And at last but not the least you will meet a series of unconventional and silly characters like Denny (Philip Haldiman), a creepy young boy who wants to see Johnny and Lisa in bed and who is in love with her (Everyone in the movie is in love with Lisa!) . Denny is the youngest character in the movie but is interpreted by the oldest actor in the cast (Tommy’s age remains a mystery for me and Claudette is only there to say crappy lines). So prepare yourselves for an hour and half of these guys hanging around, jumping from scene to scene while they say hi all the time to each other. But wait there’s more…

When The Room was first released, the bad reactions led it to become a box office flop… Seriously no one wanted to see it and Tommy spent a considerable amount of money trying to sell the movie. He gave is best to fulfill his dreams, he had the money (read The Disaster Artist for more details surrounding Tommy’s fortune, he had the confidence, he had a vision but unfortunately he had no talent. By that time, the cast and crew had lost faith in the movie (Well, no one besides Tommy had faith in it…) but suddenly, out of nowhere, a couple of guys walks into a movie theater and I don’t know if this was a sign of god or anything like that but when those guys read in their tickets a small note regarding that there were no refunds, they knew that the movie they were about to see was going to be an unforgettable experience. And when those guys left the theater, the flop became a legend, an icon and a huge hit with legions of fans all around the world ready to pay a couple of bucks to see Mr. Tommy himself live alongside with a screening of the movie. Screening after screening, night after night, Tommy was finally watching his dreams being fulfilled and even if it wasn’t Oscar material like he wanted it to be… He managed to direct, written, produce and preform in the best worst movie ever made.

Now, more than 10 years after its release, The Room is known all around the world for the peculiar dialogues, for Tommy’s terrific acting skills and for spoons… In the screenings, people dress like their favorite characters from the movie and interact with the characters in some of the most iconic scenes. From plastic spoons being thrown to the screens to repeating some of the amazing quotes of the movie, watching Wiseau’s movie is like entering a parallel universe in which bad becomes good and in which people have the fun of their lives witnessing a poor guy being cheated by his best friend. This week’s MUST is my way to invite you to experience a new reality and to give you an opportunity to be part of the large number of people who has witnessed the scene in which Tommy yells, in despair, “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”.  Amazingly funny and bad in every sense of the word, The Room is Wiseau’s ticket to fulfill his dreams and it’s the best experience you can have with a bad movie. Gather your friends and watch this as soon as possible. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll probably hate me if you end up disliking this experience but trust me, this is a movie I will remember for the rest of my life.

★½

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