A Special Encore Presentation
April 1, 2009
The Room is one of the most ham-fisted movies ever made, and I think I've now seen it about 11 times. I can't remember where I first heard about it, but I bought a copy of it sight-unseen for my friend Stutts when he moved into a house in my neighborhood in 2006. Later in 2007 we had an official Rock Club viewing, and we all hailed the naive art Tommy Wiseau secreted upon the world. Now, here we are in 2009, and I note thusly that everyone from Entertainment Weekly, to The Times of London, to The Onion A.V. Club, to Tim and Eric, to the Akron Beacon-Journal (yes, even the Beacon-Journal), have jumped on The Room bandwagon.
Look, I'm used to DCRockClub.com's status as tastemaker, but this is ridiculous. A tip of the hat to us would have been nice, okay?
The EW article describes how Wiseau's masterwork is all the rage among Holllywood's comedy community:
The film's so-bad-it's-freakin'-awesome vibe has attracted a devout army of aficionados whose membership includes the cream of Hollywood's comedy community. Role Models star Paul Rudd and Arrested Development's David Cross are both fans, as is Jonah Hill, who uses a still from the movie as his MySpace photograph. Heroes star Kristen Bell hosts Room-viewing parties at her house and last year attended the film's monthly Laemmle screening with Rudd, Hill, and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright. ''There is a magic about that film that is indescribable,'' she says.Okay, great. I will note that the category of so-bad-it's-freakin'-awesome most definitely does not include The Object Of My Affection, starring Paul Rudd, which was one of the worst fucking movies I've ever seen, probably edging out even Spanglish. I remember watching it with a new housemate way back in the 90s and as it ended I was just about to turn to everyone and say, man, wasn't that shit? and I noticed our new housemate was totally crying. Hmm, bad move inviting her to live with us. Really bad move.
We screened The Room yet again a few weeks ago for a few friends who hadn't yet seen it, and believe me, no one was disappointed. And note that The Room has no connection to The Room Store, in case you're wondering. I often wonder about the thinking behind the Room Store's marketing and choice of Teena Brandon as their spokes-hermaphrodite. Some day they'll pull her into the conference room at 1 Room Store Towers, and fire her--sweetie, I'm sorry, but we've found a 13-year-old Laotian David Bowie impersonator who's even more androgynous than you, and what's more, he's non-union, so you're fired. Brutal. I found this YouTube of the Room Store girl--enjoy:
Anyway, back to The Room. Personally, I wouldn't mind living in the world of The Room, as imagined by Tommy Wiseau, for the following reasons:
- People always greet you, no matter what
- Emphasis on physical fitness--always playing football
- Gunman are swiftly apprehended, detained, disarmed, and escorted to the police station
- People get terminal illnesses but keep kicking ass
- Bellybutton sex
Look, just see The Room, now. You probably didn't trust us when we said it was good, but now that fucking Paul Rudd says so, will you go?