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->"''You are [[LargeHam tearing me apart]], Lisa!''"
-->-- '''Johnny'''
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[[MemeticMutation Oh hai,]] [[DescribeTropeHere Describe The Room Here!]]

'''''The Room''''' is a 2003 film by an unlikely filmmaker named Tommy Wiseau. It is ostensibly about a man, Johnny, played by Wiseau, tortured by the betrayal of his fiancée Lisa and his best friend, Mark, who are having an affair.

It was made on a budget of ''$6 million''[[note]]For reference, that's equal to the budget for ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.[[/note]]; in spite of this, the only major locales are the eponymous room, a different room, and [[SittingOnTheRoof a rooftop]], punctuated with StockFootage establishing shots of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco to spice things up and a 19-second scene in a flower shop.

A lion's share of the money went into the production itself, as Wiseau decided to shoot the film in both 35 mm film and HD video side-by-side. The film was theatrically released only in Los Angeles. It was advertised by a vague billboard consisting entirely of Wiseau's face staring down at visitors in the area.

''The Room'' continues to be screened in L.A. and other cities, becoming a [[CultClassic cult phenomenon]] of sorts. Showings include interactive affairs à la ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', which are often accompanied with guests throwing plastic spoons at the film (which has a recurring spoon motif), blurting the film's dialogue back at the characters, tossing footballs (themes of [[AuthorAppeal touch football]] are [[PlayingWithATrope explored]] in the film) and dressing up as their favorite character.

It was exposed to a national audience for the first time on Creator/AdultSwim on AprilFoolsDay, 2009. Tommy Wiseau was also the focus of a ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' episode which aired immediately after the 2009 showing, causing Adult Swim fans to refer to it as ''[[FanNickname The Tim and Eric Movie]]''. A Podcast/RiffTrax commentary for the film was released in 2009. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/ObscurusLupa reviewed it in 2010, and were immediately forced by Wiseau Films to take the reviews down due to non-existent "copyright infringement."[[note]]Fortunately, as reviews and parodies are covered by fair use, both were later allowed back up on the website.[[/note]] There is also [[VideoGame/TheRoomTheGame a flash game tribute]] to the film [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/547307 here]].

Two books have been written about the film. In 2013, Greg Sestero (Mark) in cooperation with Tom Bissell wrote ''[[Literature/TheDisasterArtist The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made]]'', a book detailing not only the making of the film but also his long and troubled friendship with Tommy Wiseau. Philip Haldiman, who played Denny, wrote a comic book called ''[[http://vimeo.com/59931490 My Big Break]]'', the first of which covers his audition.

Not to be confused with ''Literature/{{Room}}'' by Emma Donoghue, ''The Room'' by Creator/HaroldPinter (which isn't quite as awkward), ''The Room'', a Hubert Selby Jr. novel, ''The Room'', a college film by Creator/DougWalker, VideoGame/TheRoom, a 2012 mobile puzzle game, and definitely not with ''Franchise/SilentHill [[VideoGame/SilentHill4 4: The Room]]'' (although a crossover between them would ''rule'').

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!!The film provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: The film is mostly made out of these. Denny's drug problem and his debt to Chris R, Claudette's breast cancer and mortgage, Peter and Mark's feud, etc. According to Greg Sestero, Claudette's actress did ask Wiseau several times whether the breast cancer would come up again, only to be told that "It's a twist" and eventually just going along with it.
* AdaptationExpansion: The ScreenToStageAdaptation, which adds new characters (Travis, Claudette's lover, and Scott, Denny's friend), and a few [[ThrowItIn improvised]] scenes. [[WordOfGod Tommy Wiseau]] says that the play is canon to the mythology of ''The Room''.
* AllLovingHero: Johnny pays Denny's tuition and rent, lavishes his girlfriend with gifts, brings in lots of clients to his bank, and just cares so much about everybody. Everyone praises Johnny, even those who betray him.
--> "He's a ''wonderful'' person!"
* ApplianceDefenestration: In his enraged state, Johnny's able to lift a 65 pound CRT TV and hurl it out a window as if it were a hollow prop of some sort.
* AllThereInTheScript: According to the credits, the guy catching Lisa and Mark is named Steven.
* AprilFoolsDay: Creator/AdultSwim has this as a prank sometimes. [[Creator/{{Toonami}} But during a twist in the latest prank...]]
* AmbiguousDisorder:
** Denny seems ignorant of social norms and generally acts much younger than his apparent age, at one point leaping into bed with Johnny and Lisa as they are about to have sex. In an interview, director Tommy Wiseau admitted that Denny is "retarded, a little bit", but the actor was never informed of this.
** Lisa to a lesser degree. She shows many sociopathic tendencies but none of them are specific to any known disorder. The movie leaves it ambiguous if she actually does have some kind of social disorder or if her behavior is the result of her mother's [[EvilMatriarch morally dodgy]] advice and parenting, though Peter seems to think it's the former.
* AngerMontage: Quite possibly one of the wimpiest, most half-hearted Anger Montages in the history of film, right at the end, culminating with Johnny [[TantrumThrowing tossing a television set through his window]]. It's especially silly because, in many ways, the scene mirrors a similar scene from ''Film/CitizenKane''. It's just... not done quite as well.
-->'''Kevin Murphy:''' The room! HE'S TEARING IT APART!!
-->'''Mike Nelson:''' In his enraged state, he's able to lift a 65 pound CRT TV as if it were a hollow prop of some sort!
* {{Angrish}}: During his AngerMontage, Johnny screams like this.
* AnnoyingLaugh: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhrd1R8-dBg Johnny has one (possible unintentionally)]]. It's one of the most oft-parodied aspects of Tommy Wiseau's performance. When he's not screaming in anger, Johnny seems to find every other line in the film funny enough to chuckle at.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Lisa and Mark are ''really'' fond of this.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler:Johnny ends up doing this at the end of the movie. Oh hai, gun barrel!]]
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The drug dealer is never actually charged with anything, yet Tommy and Mark "take him to jail" in about four minutes.
-->'''Cinema Sins''': Sure, the police just accept anyone you say needs to be in jail.
** Not to mention that Johnny apparently gets to keep said drug dealer's gun after he gets carted off to jail, eventually [[spoiler: using it to commit suicide]]. Nobody ever considers that it's an important piece of evidence that the police might want to take a look at.
* AudienceParticipation: At ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow''-style screenings, audiences are actively encouraged to vocally express their abject revulsion, even by Wiseau himself. This includes hurling of plastic spoons and impromptu games of football starting in the aisles each time a similarly incomprehensible football game starts on screen.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Tommy Wiseau enjoys Creator/{{Cinemax}}-style love scenes set to cheesy rhythm & blues, as there are several.
** When asked in the DVD director's interview why there are so many scenes of characters playing catch with a football, Wiseau simply responds that [[RuleOfFun football is fun]].
* AuthorTract: Cast members have alleged that Lisa represents what Wiseau thinks of women.
-->'''Mark''': Oh man, I just can't figure women out. Sometimes they're just too smart. Sometimes they're just flat-out stupid. Other times they're just evil.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lisa. As the movie goes on it's implied that this is the result of Claudette's parental advice, which becomes increasingly immoral throughout the film. At one point Peter suspects that she's a sociopath of some form.
* BodyHorror: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IYUPmx4EHo Lisa's neck.]] It is customary for [[AudienceParticipation scream in disgust each time it starts bulging against the strap.]]
* BusmansHoliday: Peter the psychologist. He is always playing psychologist.
--> '''[[{{Podcast/Rifftrax}} Kevin Murphy]]:''' You just ''asked'' him to play psychologist!
* {{Catfight}}: One of the very rare ''male'' varieties between Johnny and Mark. Seriously, when they come to blows they seem to just slap limply at each other.
* {{Catchphrase}}: One of the film's major themes is the constant repetition of a certain few lines of dialogue by various characters. They include:
** "O hai, X!" This is used by all characters, and in such a way that they all seem constantly surprised to see each other show up.
** "Everything will be fine" and "Don't worry about it". For some reason, no one really wants to confront the seriousness of anything that's going on in the story, from doomed marriages to cancer.
** "It's an awkward situation."
** Various characters state that Mark is Johnny's ''best'' friend.
** Johnny is a ''wonderful person''.
** Various characters remark that Lisa is ''so'' beautiful.
** "[She is/You are] my future wife." Why he never uses "fiancée" and "fiancé" is never explained.
** "Thaatz the eyedeeah!" Wiseau loves saying this in his trademark heavy accent.
** "You owe me one."
** "Let's go ''hooome."''
** "I don't wanna talk about it."
** Mark repeats "What's going on?" every time Lisa tries to sleep with him.
** "I have to go." Even if the character ''just arrived.''
* CharacterDevelopment: Mostly averted. The only characters who change during the film are Denny, who comes to terms with his feelings for Lisa via a "heartfelt" conversation with Johnny, and Lisa herself, who becomes more and more unpleasant as time goes on, eventually flaunting her affair and making up a pregnancy to needle Johnny. Mark shaves his beard at one point, and the same amount of attention is paid to this as many an ImportantHaircut... but it doesn't mean anything. AT. ALL.
* CharacterShilling:
** Lisa is consistently described as being incredibly beautiful. Her actress isn't ugly, mind you, but it comes off as somewhat over-the-top for someone who would be HollywoodHomely in a more mainstream film. See InformedAttractiveness below.
** Johnny gets this, in spades. Everyone except Chris-R seems to praise him in the film to the point that very few scenes go by without him being praised.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler: The gun that Mark takes off Chris-R somehow winds up in Johnny's possession.]]
** The tape recorder Johnny attaches to his phone. Johnny seems to pull it from {{Hammerspace}} the moment he needs it.
* ChocolateOfRomance: A random scene ([[RandomEventsPlot like much of the movie]]) has a couple sneak into Johnny's house for some romantic time. The guy brings a box of chocolate for the occasion.
-->'''Mike''': Did you, uh, know that chocolate is the symbol of love.
-->'''Michelle''': Mmm... feed me.
* ClusterFBomb: Chris-R, who wants his fucking money right now, not in five fucking minutes, or else Denny is fucking dead.
* CoitusEnsues: Four times, plus the chocolate session.
* ComedicSociopathy: Mark once knew this girl who had a dozen guys...
-->'''Mark''': One of them found out about it... beat her up so bad she ended up at a hospital on Guerrero Street.
-->'''Johnny''': [[DissonantLaughter Ha ha ha]]. What a story, Mark.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Johnny manages to take so long to work out Mark and Lisa are having an affair that even when he ''walks in on them slow dancing and stroking each other'' he still doesn't get it straight away.
-->'''Mark:''' I have a girl, I mean, she's very attractive, she's getting married, it's driving me crazy.
-->'''Johnny:''' Can I meet her?
-->'''Mark:''' I don't think so. It's... it's an awkward situation.
-->'''Johnny:''' You mean she's [[ChristmasCake too old]], or you think I will take her away from you?
* ConsolationBackfire: [[spoiler: After Johnny's suicide, Lisa, leaning against Mark, sobs, "Johnny's dead, but I still have you, right?" This is a little TooSoon after Johnny's death for Mark (they're ''standing over his still warm corpse''), and he recoils in disgust, saying that she doesn't "have him".]]
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Johnny kills himself.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Lisa]]''': [[spoiler: I lost him, but I still have you, right? Right?]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Mark]]''': [[spoiler: You don't have me. You'll NEVER have me.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Lisa]]''': [[spoiler: Mark, we're free to be together. I love you.]]
** "[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} I'm unhaveable! I am Mark!"]]
* DespairEventHorizon: "It's not over! Everybody betrayed me! I fed up with this world (pronounced as ''wirruld'')!"
-->'''[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} Kevin Murphy]]:''' I'm going back to [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent BrazilaRomaniSlovakia...Stan]].
* DoubleStandard: Mark continually blames Lisa for seducing him and betraying his best friend Johnny. Everyone else seems to feel the blame falls solely on Lisa, as well.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Johnny discovers Lisa's affair, ransacks his own apartment and kills himself. The film ends with Lisa, Mark, and Denny variously screaming at each other and crying. We can assume that both Denny and Lisa are likely doomed, because Johnny was paying their bills. Really the only bright spot in the ending is that Lisa gets her comeuppeance and according to WordOfGod Claudette overcomes her cancer.]]
* DramaticIrony: Johnny kindly (and very [[MoodWhiplash suddenly]]) sets aside his anger over Lisa's false accusation of domestic violence[[note]]though in another example of irony, he does shove her when they later confront[[/note]] to lend a sympathetic ear to Mark as he talks about ''his'' girl problems. Johnny hasn't a clue that the girl Mark mentions he's seeing is Lisa.
-->'''Johnny:''' I did not hit her. It's not true. It's bullshit. I did not hit her. I did NAHT... (beat) O hai Mark!
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Johnny kills himself because Lisa has been horrible to him but is still relying on him for cash, whilst cheating on him with his best friend. He finds all this out on his BIRTHDAY!]]
-->[[spoiler: [[RiffTrax Oh hai, gun barrel!]]]]
* DrugsAreBad: Denny almost gets killed by Chris-R because of his "drug money". Later, Mark attempts to kill Peter while high on marijuana.
* DullSurprise: "O hi, (fill in the name)." Greg Sestero joked about doing yoga to perfect Mark's boringness.
* EasilyForgiven: Mark ''nearly shoves Peter over the edge of the roof'' and is forgiven almost instantly.
* EvilMatriarch: Lisa's mother guiltlessly, but only [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor occasionally]], insists that Lisa take advantage of Johnny for financial reasons, as she seems to have done with her previous husbands. She gets in on the action by trying to bilk the down payment on a house out of Johnny. She has a tendency to touch her finger to Lisa's nose in an awkward facsimile of maternal tenderness.
* FakePregnancy: Lisa tells Tommy she's pregnant and later in the same scene, confesses she made it up "to make things interesting". Like many things in this movie, the subpot is never mentioned again.
* FemaleGaze: According to ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', this was the reason behind the gratuitous close-up of Tommy Wiseau's bare ass. He was inspired by a movie where Brad Pitt did it, and claimed "[[SexSells we have to show my ass or the movie won't sell]]". Unfortunately, he seems to overlook that... he doesn't pull it off as well as Pitt does.
* FilkSong: Tommy Wiseau's The Room rap by The Brooklyn Doctors.
* FlatCharacter: Due to a lack of characterization and an abundance of bad writing, very few, if any, characters have any effective personality traits or CharacterDevelopment that make them well-rounded characters. Greg Sestero personally described Mark as a character "without a head or tail".
* FlowersOfRomance: Johnny buys flowers for Lisa (roses, to be precise), since they're engaged and he cares about making her happy. Said flowers are also present in their sex and make-out scenes.
* ForTheEvulz: Lisa is originally just interested in [[StealthPun Johnny's cash]], but after a while she starts to flaunt her affair with Mark, and lies to Johnny about being pregnant just to "make things interesting".
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Tommy (Melancholic), Lisa (Choleric), Mark (Phlegmatic), and Denny (Sanguine) actually do a great job of showing off the negative aspects of their respective temperaments
* FunnyForeigner: Johnny, and Tommy Wiseau himself, unintentionally. WebVideo/ObscurusLupa described Wiseau as "the French ''Film/{{Borat}}'', if he didn't know he was the French Borat", while IFC.com described his voice in the film as "Borat trying to do an impression of Creator/ChristopherWalken playing a mental patient." Made even funnier because in RealLife Tommy Wiseau claims to be from UsefulNotes/NewOrleans. (Love that French Quarter accent!)
* GangstaStyle: Like any good movie gangsta, Chris-R holds his gun sideways.
* GargleBlaster: Half scotch, half vodka, served neat. Scotchka!
* GetOut:
-->'''Johnny to [[spoiler:Mark]]:''' "Don't touch me, mothafawker. Get out!"
** And then after [[spoiler:Lisa]] is gone: "Get out. Get out! ''GET OUT OFF MY LIIIIIFE!''"
** And then Mark to Lisa after [[spoiler: Johnny dies]]: "GET OUT OF MY LIFE, YOU BITCH!" [[hottip:*:[[AudienceParticipation "It's her house!"]]
** And then Denny to Lisa and Mark after [[spoiler: Johnny dies]]: "Leave us! Just leave! Both of you!"
-->'''Kevin (as Denny):''' I need to inhale his soul before it dissipates!
* {{Gonk}}: Johnny. Seriously, just look at the picture above.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Continuity problems often cause characters to suddenly gain and lose objects between cuts.
** Denny loses his apple after walking up the stairs to jump on Johnny's and Lisa's bed.
** Lisa suddenly produces a vase for Johnny's flowers.
** After overhearing Lisa tell her mother about her affair, Johnny walks immediately over to his phone and sets down a tape recorder he wasn't carrying so he can hook it up to the phone.
** After cajoling Johnny into drinking with her, Lisa reenters the room from the entrance, carrying two glasses and a bottle of vodka.
** In the original script, a scene opens with Lisa talking to Claudette on the phone and ends with her walking Claudette to the door, meaning Lisa pulled ''her mother'' out of Hammerspace.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: This otherwise low budget movie apparently sprang for the rights to use this song. Or maybe just took a gamble on it, because it's not listed in the credits (as most movies do).
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Mark and Lisa keep seeming to change between intended sympathetic characters and {{Jerkass}}es, Lisa in particular. Also, Lisa' friend Michelle. Is she supportive of Lisa cheating on Johnny or not? Make up your mind, Wiseau!
* TheHyena: Johnny.
* HypocriticalHumor: "I cannot tell you, it's confidential. Anyway, how is your sex life?"
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: It's easier to identify the main character as Tommy Wiseau rather than "Johnny".
* IdealizedSex: During the first sex scene, Johnny is so high up on Lisa it looks as though he is having sex with ''her belly button''. Nevertheless, from the cheesy music and the rose petals everywhere, it's clear that it's meant to be a wonderful romantic, erotic moment.
* IHaveThisFriend: Invoked verbatim by Mark during this rooftop scene with Johnny about infidelity.
* IllKillYou: "I KILL YOU I BREAK EVERY BONE IN YOUR BODY! I KILL YOU YOU BASTURD!"
* ImportantHaircut: Some attention is given to Mark shaving his beard off partway through the film, although it's not at all clear what, if anything, this is supposed to signify. Given that, after that point he appears to accept his affair with Lisa after complete and utter confusion each time she lures him into sex, it could be argued that Mark's beard was a subversion of BeardOfEvil. Taking it away makes him more jerkass.
* InformedAbility:
** Johnny is supposed to be an excellent banker, despite his limited English and vampiric appearance.
** Lisa says she's in "the computer business", whatever that means, but is never shown doing anything resembling work. On the other hand, she's also supposedly unable to support herself. At one point she kicks out Claudette because she says a client is coming over. This was possibly inserted as justification for how she can have a job and yet spend all day lounging around the apartment.
* InformedAttractiveness:
** Lisa is frequently referred to as being beautiful and sexy. Most fans think she doesn't quite live up the praise (and honestly, [[ItsAllAboutMe her personality doesn't help]]). She's not ''un''attractive at all, it's that the movie goes on and on about how beautiful and sexy she is with almost every male character making a remark about it. This is particularly hilarious at the party, when a nameless character comments that "Lisa looks hot tonight". This is ''his only line in the entire film'', except yelling "Surprise!" in unison with everyone else when Johnny comes home. Greg Sestero has noted that the costuming, makeup, and lighting were working against her, too. Apparently a dozen or so Lisas filmed scenes before either being fired by Wiseau or quitting in disgust, so the lines referring to her beauty may have stayed the same while the appearance of the character changed from Wiseau's original vision of what he described as an "[[Creator/AngelinaJolie Angelika Jolie]]" type.
* InsistentTerminology: Lisa is not Johnny's fiancée, she's his "future wife".
* IronicEcho: "You just a chicken. [-CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP-]!"
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: An indirect example.
-->'''Lisa:''' Johnny got drunk last night, and he hit me.\\
'''Claudette:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Johnny doesn't drink!]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: It's Tommy ''whiz-oh'', not ''wass-oh''. Though, at a midnight screening that Tommy attended, he referred to himself as "waz-oh".
* KarmaHoudini: For some reason, Mark is ''blameless'' when Lisa cheats on Johnny with him -- all four times. [[spoiler:When Johnny commits suicide, Mark is indignant at ''her''.]] It takes two to tango, and he tangoed four times ''knowingly'' with his best friend's steady girlfriend and fiancée. His disgust at the very end of the film actually made sense because [[spoiler:Lisa was actually coming on to him OVER JOHNNY'S CORPSE. His reaction could be seen as a ''MyGodWhatHaveIDone'' moment.]][[note]]Though even that feels like an AssPull since he said on the phone like a 10 year old, "I don't even ''like'' him anymore."[[/note]]
* KubrickStare: The official poster. The fact Wiseau is slightly cross-eyed makes it less than threatening, though still kind of creepy.
* KudzuPlot: Every plot thread except for the main one gets brought up in one scene, then forgotten by the rest. See AbortedArc above for more details. Even the main plot [[ShootTheShaggyDog just kinda ends]] with no real sense of resolution.
* LargeHam: Tommy Wiseau actually manages to ''combine'' this with DullSurprise.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Probably unintentionally. When Claudette discovers Mike and Michelle, who are introduced as they inexplicably come into the apartment to make out and eat chocolate, she asks, "What are these characters doing here?" The audience is probably wondering the exact same thing.
** Peter's final scene before vanishing out of the film is the tuxedo football game in the alley. When he falls over he makes a disgusted face into the camera and says "That's it, I'm done".
** In a more literal example, when Johnny knocks over a picture frame in the movie's final scenes, it falls toward the screen and lands on the camera.
* LimitedSocialCircle: Averted, hilariously. See SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
** Though that doesn't stop Rifftrax from making a joke about it.
-->'''Lisa:''' Who is it?
-->'''Bill Corbett:''' You know ''three'' other people!
* LockedInTheBathroom: Johnny locks himself in the bathroom after his birthday party when he discovers his girlfriend and best friend have been having an affair.
-->'''[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} Mike Nelson]]:''' Eurotrash infesting your bathroom? Call 1-800-EUR-OUT!
* LoopingLines: ''Constantly''. Most of Johnny's dialogue was obviously dubbed over in post. This may explain some of his more notorious line readings.
* MayIBorrowACupOfSugar: Denny comes over to borrow exactly this (plus a few other items). Getting him into the scene accomplishes nothing.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite their characters' awful behavior, Greg Sestero (Mark) and Juliette Danielle (Lisa) have been known to be quite friendly and polite to fans and critics alike and have a great sense of humor about the film[[note]]As well as the fact that they, as well as the other actors (barring Wiseau) from the film, including Dan Janjigian (Chris-R) LOVE the review done by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.[[/note]] . Meanwhile, Tommy, depending on ''when'' you encounter him, can easily be seen as being on the [[NiceCharacterMeanActor other side of the spectrum...]]
* {{Melodrama}}: Ostensibly, although in spite of all the terrible things in the film, such as drug addiction, cancer and infidelity, it's only at the end that anyone seems really bothered by anything that's happened.
* {{Mentor|s}}: Johnny is Denny's foster father in all but legal status. As such, Denny comes to him for advice, which Johnny is happy to give. Though given the writing for this movie, said advice tends to be...bizarre.
-->Denny: So what sort of movie are we gonna see?
-->Johnny: Well, we'll see...Denny, don't plan too much, it may not come out right.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Truly wild example -- ''"You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"''
* MoodWhiplash: Thanks to Wiseau's dialogue and direction, viewers are ''never'' sure where a scene is going. The best example of this is: "I did not hit her! It's not true! It's bullshit, I did not hit her! I did NAAHHT!... Oh, hai Mark!"
** Another is when Mark tries to find out about a new bank client from a reluctant Johnny, who changes the subject by asking "So anyway, how's your sex life?"
* MrFanservice: The actor who plays Mark, Greg Sestero, is [[FanNickname called]] "Sestosterone" for a reason. He is--let's face it--a very handsome man. He worked as a model for Gucci and Ferré before starting his acting career.
* NecktieHeadband: Lisa sports one while she and Johnny get ''very'' drunk on Scotchka before their "second" love scene.
* NeverMyFault: Mark refuses to accept responsibility for [[spoiler:Johnny's suicide]], instead putting all the blame on [[spoiler:Lisa]].
* NippleAndDimed: Shockingly averted, there are quite a few lingering shots of Lisa's breasts, including the nipples. Even when Johnny has his [[spoiler:suicidal]] tantrum.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: "You're just a chicken! Cheeeeeep-cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep-cheeeeep!"
* NonIndicativeName: ''The Room''. Despite the title, the characters are neither [[ClosedCircle trapped in a room]] nor is there anything particularly strange about their apartment. [[WordOfGod According to Wiseau]], the title refers to a person's HappyPlace, [[VoodooShark which only makes sense for about three seconds.]] According to Greg Sestero (Oh hai, Mark), it was supposed to be a play that all takes place in the same room, to save money on sets. He just never changed the title when transitioning to screen.
* NonSequitur:
** "Anyway, how is your sex life?"
** "Yeah, I'm thinking of moving into a bigger place, man. I'm making some good money."
* {{Novelization}}: A hilarious fan-made one [[http://theroomnovelization.blogspot.com here]].
* ObliquelyObfuscatedOccupation:
** It's suggested Johnny works in a bank.
** Also Lisa is in "the computer business" which could mean anything.
** All we learn about Mark's job is that he's making some good money (see above). The first time Lisa calls him, he says he's busy, though whether that has anything to do with his job is ambiguous. Especially as when he says this, he's sitting in a parked car, in casual dress. For all we know, he's waiting for his pot dealer.
** Wiseau himself. Nobody's sure exactly how he financed this movie.
* ObliviousToLove: You'd think that Mark would sort of get the hint as to what Lisa wants from him the ''third'' time he is unwittingly seduced by her.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Johnny comes from work, then apparently never goes back again, given that he spends day after day playing with Mark and Denny. Maybe that was meant to be a weekend.
* OneSteveLimit: Just [[TheyJustDidntCare an odd example of laziness]]: the couple found having sex in the apartment are "Mike" and "Michelle", which are the same name, just masculine and feminine. Also, Mark and Denny's [[TheGhost never-seen]] girlfriends are named Betty and Elizabeth, respectively. Betty is a nickname for Elizabeth. And so is Lisa.
* OnlyOneName: Everybody. The closest thing to a last name in the film is "Chris-R."
* OnlySaneMan: Peter is the only one who hesitates to play football in a tuxedo. He also points out how manipulative and two-faced Lisa is and tries to stop Mark from doing drugs, which would only aggravate the situation even further. Moreover, he tells Mark to take responsibility for his affair with Lisa and to stop seeing her. Given that he's a psychologist, it's not all that surprising that he is the only person with common sense.
* PassedOverPromotion: Johnny's failure to be promoted can be interpreted as what inspires Lisa to begin the affair in earnest.
* PleaseWakeUp: Both Mark and Denny say this to [[spoiler: Johnny, after his suicide]].
* PlotHole: How does Johnny know that Lisa told her mom he hit her? Why does Johnny claim he really (or nearly) hit Lisa when he wasn't very drunk? Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more examples.
* PsychopathicManchild: Denny seems to be hinted as being one, with his creepy fascination with Lisa and his affinity for "[[ThePeepingTom watching]]" Lisa and Johnny (which consists up running up the bedroom and trying to join in foreplay).
* RageAgainstTheReflection: At one point during his wimp BSOD, Johnny smashes a mirror.
-->'''[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} Kevin Murphy]]:''' I hate you, guy who looks like me!
* RandomEventsPlot: Nothing that occurs between the second sex scene and Tommy's birthday party has any effect on the story, leading to numerous LeftHanging and WhatHappenedToTheMouse moments.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Greg Sestero's book reveals what many of us has always suspected: large portions of the movie (such as a cheating fiancée, the bank being unwilling to cash a check from out of state, and a few of the "weirdos" encountered at the Bay To Breakers run) are based on things that happened to Tommy Wiseau. He also claims that a lot of what Mark says is 'Tommy altered' versions of stuff he said to him.
* RedOniBlueOni: Mark and Johnny in one of the rooftop scenes, though this was almost certainly unintentional. It's also inverted, as Mark (wearing a red T-shirt) is considerably calmer than Johnny (wearing a blue jacket) during this scene.
* RedStringOfFate: In the beginning of the movie, Johnny gives Lisa a red dress. [[BookEnds At the end of the movie]], [[spoiler: after finding out she's cheating on him, he angrily tears it apart.]] Almost certainly unintentional.
* RememberTheNewGuy: A really lazy example. With about 20 minutes left in the movie, a new character, Steven (whose name is mentioned only in the credits) suddenly appears and becomes deeply involved in the plot. Presumably, we're not supposed to notice that he suddenly appeared from nowhere without an introduction. WordOfGod is that Steven is supposed to be a replacement for the psychologist character Peter (whose actor left the production), but the audience is given no hint of this; indeed, Steven looks nothing like Peter.
* RooftopConfrontation: When Chris-R shows up on the roof and puts a gun to Denny's head demanding his drug money. The scene where Mark tries to push Peter off the roof for a couple seconds is a borderline example, as it lasts all of five seconds and is dropped even quicker than the Chris-R scene.
* SceneryPorn: ''An abundance of it,'' particularly of establishing shots of The San Francisco Bridge both day and night; it seems that Wiseau ''really'' wanted us to fall in love with the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco location]] as well as the film itself.
--> [[{{Podcast/Rifftrax}} Kevin Murphy]]: Ok then, San Francisco...Still San Francisco...yep...I believe we've gone around twice now, thank you very much.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation: There have been several, but the "official" adaptation is ''The Room: Live'', in which Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero reprise their roles from the film.
* ShaggyDogStory: Though unintentional. The movie ends with no real sense of resolution after Johnny [[spoiler: shoots himself]].
* SharpDressedMan: Johnny, Mark, Denny, and Peter in the scene where they're all wearing tuxedos for no adequately explained reason.[[note]]They're doing a wedding rehearsal, but... no one mentioned ''anything'' about a wedding![[/note]]
** "[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} It's nice we all got jobs as cater waiters at the same place!]]"
* ShoutOut:
** Johnny's "Why, Lisa?!" tantrum and destruction of his house is a direct reference to the similar (but rather better) scene in ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** "You are tearing me APART!" is a reference to ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'', of all things.
** Some people believe that the "I feel like I'm sitting on an atomic bomb" line is a shout out to the famous sequence in ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
** According to ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', Mark was named for the [[Creator/MattDamon lead actor]] from ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'': "[[CriticalResearchFailure Mark Damon]]."
* ShowDontTell: This film is a major violator of this rule. We are told, repeatedly, that Johnnie is "a wonderful person," though he comes off more as a creepy weirdo who bribes people to like him. And, as mentioned many many other times in this page, we are told time and again that Lisa is "beautiful," which the actress hired for the role doesn't quite live up to. Anything we need to know about a character is told to us point blank, usually awkwardly.
* SirSwearsalot: Chris-R.
* SoundtrackDissonance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpfPmvG6CHI This scene]] has the soundtrack of a horror movie.
-->(''Creepy music'') '''Lisa:''' Do you want me to order a pizza?
** One long establishing shot of the Bay Bridge sounds like it goes with an Creator/AgathaChristie mystery.
* SpearCarrier: "Lisa looks hot tonight."
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The name's "Denny", not "Danny". It doesn't help that Lisa calls him "Denny Boy" at one point, and it sometimes sounds like she's calling him "Dinny", which isn't even a name.
* SpinOff: Tommy Wiseau plans on creating a novelization of ''The Room''. There's already a Flash game tribute (see below).
* StockFootage: They used clips of the first sex scene in the second sex scene. Allegedly, the actress playing Lisa refused to let Tommy Wiseau near her to film another one.
* StupidEvil: Lisa.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[http://blog.rifftrax.com/2009/06/12/rifftrax-interview-with-the-rooms-greg-ellery/ A particularly lazy example.]] The actor playing Peter the psychiatrist had to leave production for another gig, and his scenes weren't done by the deadline (Wiseau had prioritized the "football in tuxes" scene over the scenes at the birthday party), so Wiseau went out and cast a new actor to play Peter, then changed the name of the character to Steven, then ditched the suit-and-glasses look for the character so that Steven becomes a random friend who shows up for the last 19 minutes of the movie with no introduction and delivers an impassioned, if hammy, performance as though he's already deeply invested in what's going on. It probably would have made more sense to give those lines to an already-established character, such as Mike. The flash game mocks this by having Peter get run over on the way to the party by Chris-R, having just carjacked Johnny. According to the {{Podcast/Rifftrax}}, Lisa has him tied up in the closet during the party.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: During Mark's "do you think girls have affairs" dialog with Johnny, it's ''painfully'' obvious that Mark is asking Johnny if he knows his girlfriend is having an affair with him. He denies it has anything to do with himself and is just about "[[IHaveThisFriend a friend]]".
* TantrumThrowing: In the end, after Lisa and Mark are caught cheating and Johnny listens to the full recording of Lisa's call to Mark, Johnny tears apart his house and belongings in a homage to Film/CitizenKane.
* TheTeetotaler: Johnny, supposedly. He gives up a token resistance to drinking, goes along with it after Lisa finally brings out out the whiskey-vodka, and won't stop. Although he appeared to drink champagne at the party, so there's another plot hole for you.
* TemptingFate: "I'm so happy I have you as my best friend. And I love Lisa so much."
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry:
** "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!!!"
** "I'm so happy I have you as my best friend, and I love Lisa so much."
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "In a few minutes, bitch!" said by Johnny while weeping in the bathroom.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: "I'm fed up with this '''WARULD'''!"
* TheTopicOfCancer: Lisa's mother brings up her cancer once. No one ever speaks of it again.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The 2 minute long trailer (included on the DVD/Blu-ray) spoils every plot twist in the entire movie except for [[spoiler: Johnny's suicide]]. And if that were the weirdest thing about it...
* TrivialTitle: The action doesn't all happen in one room, and there's nothing special about Johnny's living room or bedroom, or about any other rooms featured in the movie.
* TwentyFourHourPartyPeople: Tommy spends the entire movie hanging out with the same 4 guys, until the birthday party, which has 20 or so people, who Tommy states are all of his friends.
** The Rifftrax lampshades
* [[UglyGuyHotWife Ugly Guy, Hot Future Wife]]: Johnny and Lisa.
* UnexplainedAccent: Johnny has a thick accent, vaguely French or Eastern European, yet no one ever mentions it or where Johnny came from. The closest Johnny comes is recalling when he arrived in San Francisco, and problems with cashing a cheque from an out-of-state bank. The accent is unexplained in real life too. Wiseau makes contradictory claims to be from either France or New Orleans, though the letter W is fairly uncommon in the French language so it's unlikely that Wiseau is a real French name. It seems more like a bad approximation of the word "Oiseau" ("bird" in French). \\
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According to Greg Sestero's book, Tommy (originally named something else starting with a T) was born in Eastern Europe, immigrated to France and from there moved to New Orleans, then called Pierre. After moving to San Fransisco, he began selling toy birds on the docks, and eventually got the nickname Birdman. He had his name legally changed to Tommy Wiseau, Oiseau being (as above) the French word for Bird, with the first letter changed to W as tribute to his original last name... whatever that was. It must, however, be stressed that in the book, Greg mentions that the stories of Tommy's past tend to change and contradict themselves, so the version in the book should still be taken with a quite large grain of salt.
** A Reddit user [[http://www.reddit.com/r/theroom/comments/1vklp3/i_think_i_have_found_tommys_nationality_new/ appears to have finally determined Tommy Wiseau's origins]].
* TheUnfairSex: As written, its a complete inversion. The narrative is supposed to be that Johnny is a faithful, wonderful, giving partner and Lisa doesn't appreciate him at all and starts cheating on him for no other reason than that she's bored. [[ImAManICantHelpIt Mark is a hapless victim of this beautiful conniving seductress]]. The [[InformedAttractiveness casting]] and performances undermine the script's intentions.
* UpdatedRerelease: Tommy Wiseau is working on converting the film to [[ThreeDMovie 3D]] for theatrical release in 2012. Oh hi, 3rd dimension!
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Thank you Mr. Wiseau, for helpfully showing us the movie is taking place in San Francisco every five minutes.
-->[[{{Podcast/Rifftrax}} Bill Corbett]]: Just in case you were wondering, we are still in San Francisco.
--> Kevin Murphy: Oh, thank God. I thought the location had changed to Stuttgart, Germany.
--> Bill Corbett: See? These re-{{Establishing Shot}}s ''are'' important.
* VoodooShark: The drug dealer scene, which apparently exists only to give Johnny [[spoiler: a gun]], raises far more questions than it answers. Why does the adopted child of a millionaire banker who funds his every whim need to sell drugs to make ends meet? If the dealer's going to jail, why don't the police need [[spoiler: his gun]] for evidence? Why the hell didn't Mark just get rid of it if they didn't? And why couldn't Johnny simply [[spoiler: have had a gun, given his (presumed) ability to legally own one]]? Especially ridiculous because Wiseau originally wanted the scene to have a dramatic shot of [[spoiler: the gun]] falling off the rooftop, so even the one storytelling function the scene ''does'' have may be accidental.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Many plot threads are left dangling or are forgotten immediately after they're introduced:
** Lisa's mom casually mentions her cancer to her dismissive daughter early in the movie, but it is never mentioned again and the mom becomes preoccupied with other, more trivial matters.
** The drug subplot vanishes immediately after the scene ends, seemingly serving only to introduce [[spoiler:the gun]], although see VoodooShark as to why even this is suspect.
** The four main male characters all dress up in tuxedos to take wedding photos (presumably, it's never made clear why they're all in tuxes), but promptly abandon that notion to play a game of catch in the street.
** Peter finds out about Mark and Lisa's affair, but the only scene that Peter appears in after that is another pointless football scene, so nothing ever comes of it. This is partly an instance of RealLifeWritesThePlot, though, since Peter's actor, Kyle Vogt, had to leave production before his scenes were finished, hence the sudden introduction of Steven at the party.
** Lisa already ordered a pizza. It's at least on the table... even though it's not the one Lisa ordered.[[note]]half Canadian bacon with pineapple, half artichoke with pesto and light on the cheese[[/note]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Wiseau uses his own accent, which defies identification. He claims to be from New Orleans and spent his early life in France, but it's nothing like either one[[note]]A redditor [[http://www.reddit.com/r/theroom/comments/1vklp3/i_think_i_have_found_tommys_nationality_new/ argues plausibly that Wiseau is from Poland.]][[/note]]. Again, it's doubtful Wiseau is ''really'' French because the French don't naturally have "W"'s in their words and names.
* WimpFight: Mark and Johnny's "fight" on Johnny's birthday party is this, with schoolyard shoving and intertwining of bodies, and Johnny's [[{{Narm}} bad chicken imitations]] undermine what (very) little drama there is left.
* YouCanSayThatAgain: In response to the "what a [[DomesticAbuse story]], Mark!" line.
* YouKnowWhatTheySay: Love is blind.
* [[INeedAFreakingDrink You Need a Drink]]: "I don't drink, you know that!"
* YouOweMe: "I want to talk, right now. [[CoitusEnsues You owe me one anyway]]."
* YoureNotMyFather:
--> '''Denny:''' You're not my [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] mother!
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