* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The uneven moods, non sequiturs and inconsistencies leave this wide open for most of the characters.
** Denny is, supposedly, an intelligent if slightly naive boy about to head off to university but given his actual behaviour - following a couple upstairs and jumping into their bed mid-foreplay, hitting on Johnny's fiancée '''and then telling Johnny''', selling drugs when he's the adopted son of a banker - even [[WordOfGod Wiseau himself]] admits the film makes more sense if you assume Denny has quite severe socialization and learning difficulties.
*** Alternatively, it ''also'' makes sense if you consider him to be a budding, manipulative [[TheSociopath sociopath]] taking advantage of the kindness of two naive older friends (who, it should be noted, don't seem to ''mind'' things like Denny jumping into their bed mid-foreplay) and stirring up trouble for fun and profit.
** Since Lisa [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor keeps switching between intended sympathy and total bitchiness]], one is left to wonder whether she actually might have legitimate reason to cheat on Johnny with Mark that she hides behind the ForTheEvulz reasoning, or if she's just TheSociopath some other characters accuse her of being, especially since Johnny is the textbook case of a "[[DoggedNiceGuy Nice Guy]]".
** Mark seems to change his personality during the pot-smoking scene as often as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1leDAwjtto the man who is alternately rude and polite]] from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. A lot of Mark's behavior seems to make more sense if you assume that the rooftop confrontation with Peter is ''not'' the only time he's high onscreen.
** The scene in which Mark tells Johnny a story about a woman that was physically assaulted by one of the "many" men she was seeing seems oddly sketchy if you pay close attention to Mark's facial expressions as he tells the story. Mark can clearly be seen slightly smiling after saying "she ended up in a hospital on Guerrero Street". His situation behind the break-up with the "unseen" Betty character also seem to be very suspicious after hearing this story out. Lastly, when Mark tells Lisa to get out of his life following [[spoiler: Johnny's suicide]] he proceeds to hit her in far harder fashion than Johnny is accused of.
*** Greg's book makes clear that the bit about 'Guerrero Street' is an improv, because it's where Tommy Wiseau lived at the time (he didn't want anyone to know). Greg is laughing because of how he's pissing Tommy off. As he further goes on to point out, Tommy actually used this take in the movie because he couldn't be bothered to do another.
*** When Johnny laughs at Mark's story, it might not be because he thinks it's funny, but because he thinks Mark is making it up, hence him saying "What a story, Mark!" ''TheDisasterArtist'' seems to contradict this interpretation, since Tommy Wiseau had to be told he shouldn't laugh at domestic abuse.
** Claudette's dialogue makes much more sense if you assume she's a drama queen and an attention whore - traits that clearly run in the family. If, as she claims, "nobody listens" to her, this is probably not the first time she's made up something like breast cancer, hence Lisa's calm reaction.
** [[VideoGame/TheRoomTheGame The Newgrounds flash game]] gives an extended ending: [[spoiler: Johnny is an incorporeal alien sent to Earth to learn earth customs. When he kills himself, he's merely releasing his alien form to return to the mothership and, provided the player collected all the {{MacGuffin}}s, turns Earth into a giant spoon]].
** Some fans have a rather dark interpretation of Johnny and Denny's relationship, specifically pointing out Denny's rather odd choice of words after [[spoiler: Johnny's suicide]]. After he, Lisa and Mark all find out what happened, Denny immediately turns to them and yells "Leave us!"...even though he's a guest in someone else's house, and Johnny's best friend and fiancée have much more right to [[spoiler: stay with Johnny]] than he does. Um...why was he so eager [[spoiler: [[ILoveTheDead to be left alone with Johnny's corpse]]]]?
** Since [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything we never actually see Johnny at his]] [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob vaguely defined]] (but supposedly high-paying) job at the bank, some fans have half-seriously suggested that Johnny is really a mentally challenged man who works as a janitor at a bank, and likes to pretend that he's a banker there. In particular, they point to the scene where Johnny claims to have given his bosses advice that saved the bank tons of money, and complains that he didn't get the promotion that his bosses promised him. It's possible that he just struck up a conversation with them while mopping the floors, and convinced himself that he was giving them sound financial advice. Or his bosses might have just patronizingly joked that [[AlmightyJanitor he'd be running the bank someday]], and he might have [[SarcasmBlind assumed that they were serious]].
*** But how would Johnny be able to not only pay for a really good-looking car, but also Denny's schooling? It's highly unlikely a job at the bank, janitor or banker, could earn that much.
* AngstWhatAngst: Dying? Breast cancer? [[{{Catchphrase}} "Don't worry about it!"]]
** Girlfriend accusing you of being a serial abuser? "[[MemeticMutation Its nawt true, its nawt!]] [[MoodWhiplash Oh, hai Mark.]]"
** Also, the scene where Mark tries to ''kill'' [[RememberTheNewGuy Peter]] but is immediately EasilyForgiven.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2A8XJ-d_QQ The opening theme]], which is surprisingly good.
** "I Will" is pretty good too, for a cheesy love song.
** Pretty much the [[http://www.youtube.com/user/RECALMU/videos entire soundtrack]] is pretty good. It's rumored that this was the only part of the film Wiseau had no control over.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The guys [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext playing]] ''[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext football]]'' [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext in]] ''[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext tuxedos]]''. The scene has no significance to the rest of the movie.
** Lisa's mother saying she has breast cancer. It does nothing to the plot and even Lisa herself seems unfazed by the news.[[/index]]
* BileFascination: Most likely the reason this is so popular.
* BrokenBase: The audience participation in most live screenings. People either think it adds to the fun and helps bring attention to some of the subtler ridiculous moments (like the stock photo of the spoon framed in Johnny's apartment), or it's an irritating ploy to push the film's meme status and actually takes away from the fun, as some of the stupidest moments in the movie are drowned out by the audience.
* CaptainObviousAesop: Wiseau claims the message of the film is "If a lot of people love each other, the world would be a better place to live." Considering he says this in the context of Denny confessing his love for Lisa, it's also a BrokenAesop.
* CultClassic: ''The Room'' continues to be screened in L.A. and other cities to this day, thanks to becoming a cult phenomenon. Not really surprising given how [[BileFascination fascinatingly]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs bizarre]] it is. Tommy Wiseau himself comes to these screenings to discuss the making of the film, though he does not reveal much....
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Johnny is a borderline incomprehensible MarySue who finds stories about domestic abuse funny, Lisa is incredibly stupid and / or callous, Mark is a douchebag and an idiot, and Denny has drug problems and a ''very'' creepy relationship with Johnny and Lisa. The writing and acting don't help, either.
** Some of the supporting cast aren't much better; Claudette is a more pragmatic version of Lisa, Chris-R is a violent drug dealer who holds Denny at gunpoint, Mike does absolutely nothing plot relevant, Peter (the OnlySaneMan) goes missing halfway through the film, and Steven just casually saunters into the plot in the last twenty minutes and acts as if we have any idea who he is. Michelle is the OnlySaneMan who actually bothers to stick around for the duration of the film, and that isn't enough to prevent [[spoiler: Johnny's suicide.]]
* DesignatedHero: While none of the characters are particularly likeable, special mention goes to Mark, who puts all of the blame for his affair [[spoiler:and Johnny's suicide]] on Lisa [[NeverMyFault despite being equally at fault]], [[DoubleStandard and both Peter and the film itself seem to agree with him.]] Mark also ''tries to murder'' Peter at one point, yet neither Peter nor the film itself seems particularly worried by this.
* EarWorm: Courtesy of Kitra Williams, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwrRkOSIoLs ''YOU ARE MY ROSE/YOU ARE MY ROSE/YOU ARE MY ROOOOOOOOSE''.]]
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Both "Doggie" - the pug that is lovingly referred to as such by Johnny at the flower shop - and Chris-R seem to be considered the only good actors in the film, but that is not really saying much.
** [[OnlySaneMan Peter, the psychologist,]] is this in several circles, giving some solid (and sadly ignored) advice partway through the film, and then [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappearing during the finale]] because of his actor leaving the film after the filming of the "football in tuxes" scene. His character's last line? [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere "That's it, I'm done."]] Some people even make him into a bit of an AudienceSurrogate.
** According to [[Literature/TheDisasterArtist Greg Sestero]], Johnny was this for Tommy Wiseau. A well-liked, well-off man with a lavish apartment in San Franciso. Honestly, if it wasn't for his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend, the film would have ended after the first sex scene.
* FetishRetardant: Tommy Wiseau's naked ass. Excuse the full-body shudder.
** This goes for all of the love scenes, which are overly-long and cheesy at best and ''nauseating'' at worst.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'' reveals several behind scenes of the film.
** As utterly pathetic the WimpFight between Johnny and Mark was, Wiseau really was hurting Sestero as by the end of it; the latter had bruises all over his arms and wrists from the former's hands, which have apparent "cyborg-like strength".
** The reason why Peter was acting kinda dazed and touching things a lot in one scene was because his actor had suffered a concussion and Wiseau wouldn't let him leave for treatment of it.
** Mark briefly mentions breaking up with his girlfriend during the rooftop scene. Turns out Greg had just broken up with his girlfriend, and Wiseau wrote that in the script ''the day'' it happened.
** Any time someone says "It's going to be fine". [[spoiler: It won't.]]
* HamAndCheese: Several.
** Greg Ellery clearly knew what kind of movie he was in and his melodramatic performance as Steven brings life to the plodding birthday party. In fact, Greg Sestero (Mark) was the one who was responsible for getting him cast as Steven ''for this specific reason''.
** Scott Holmes (Michelle's boyfriend Mike) spends the entire movie aping Creator/JimCarrey, clearly playing for whatever sympathetic laughs he thinks he might get.
** According to script supervisor (and possible ghost director) Sandy Schklair, everyone knew full well what kind of movie they were making. Well, everyone except Tommy Wiseau.
* HeReallyCanAct: At the end of the film, Denny pulls off a really [[TearJerker heartrending]] performance [[spoiler:when mourning over Johnny's corpse after he commits suicide]].
* HilariousInHindsight: Peter's last line, before he left the film and got replaced with Steven, is "[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere That's it. I'm done.]]"
** Here's the background for that scene: Kyle Vogt (Peter) had other work at the time, and so could only be involved for so long. However, despite repeatedly reminding Tommy that he had to leave production, they weren't able to finish his scenes and instead of filming the party with Kyle, Tommy insisted on the "football in tuxes" scene. It makes the line even more hilarious in hindsight.
** Johnny saying "Do you understand life?", followed immediately by a scene in which he says "That's life!".
** There is now a brand of underwear called "[[https://www.meundies.com Me Undies]]." (Warning: NSFW)
** One of Tommy's dreams was to see ''The Room'' win multiple Oscars. Twelve years later, the film ''{{Literature/Room}}'' won Best Actress.
* HoYay: There's a bit between Johnny and Mark in the beginning, but it's quickly dropped in order to make room for the love triangle plot that drives the rest of the movie.
** Johnny's reaction to hearing that Mark is dating a married woman could easily be interpreted as jealousy.
** How about all the attention Johnny lavishes on Denny?
** Johnny and Mark tossing a football around in the park seems much more romantic than any of their interactions with Lisa, since all they do with her is talk and have sex.
* HypeBacklash: An extremely convoluted example: the film is ''not'' meant to be enjoyed as a good movie, but rather as one that's [[SoBadItsGood so bad that it's good]], but plenty of viewers just saw a bad movie and nothing more.
* MemeticMutation: This may be one of the most quotable films of TheNoughties. See Catchphrase.
** You are '''tearing me apart,''' Lisa!
** What a story, Mark!
** Ohai, (X).
** Anyway, how's your sex life?
* MoralEventHorizon: Any sympathy for Lisa goes down the drain when she decides to [[spoiler:take advantage of her fiancé's suicide so she and Mark can be together]]. Although it's apparently not meant to be seen this way in-universe.
** Being high on pot doesn't excuse Mark for [[spoiler:trying to ''murder'' his friend Peter]].
* {{Narm}}: It's hard to imagine someone who does not think this of the whole movie. Maybe Tommy Wiseau.
** Well, since [[Literature/FenimoreCoopersLiteraryOffences the movie's humor is pathetic]] at best, [[FridgeBrilliance it's up to the]] [[Literature/FenimoreCoopersLiteraryOffences pathos to be funny]].
* NauseaFuel: The drawn-out love and sex scenes are gratuitous and sickening. They don't seem to serve any purpose other than {{Padding}}. Tommy Wiseau's naked ass doesn't make things any better.
* NeverLiveItDown: Tommy Wiseau is never going to live down the fact that he actually ''made'' this movie. He seems to have accepted this, though, and doesn't mind how much the internet has made fun of it over the years.
* OneSceneWonder: Chris-R. He's not the only one, though. Characters drift in and out of the film like a fever dream.
* OneTrueThreesome: Lisa, Johnny, and Denny seem to have a suspiciously close relationship regardless of being surrogate family. Denny even comes and hangs out in the bedroom with them for a while when they clearly are working up to sex.
--> '''Denny:''' [[{{Squick}} I just like to watch you guys]].
* {{Padding}}:
** ''Nothing'' between the second sex scene and the birthday party has any actual effect on the plot.
** There were at least two or three establishing shots during ''one scene'' that took place in the ''same setting''.
** Probably the most obvious form of padding used is that of having characters essentially repeat scenes with only a few details changed. This is especially obvious when it comes to Lisa and Claudette, whose conversations with each other are always about virtually the same thing, and with Johnny and his friends tossing the football back and forth.
** One odd scene from the middle of the party lasts only a few moments, and is just a shot of the city with the theme music playing. It has no bearing on anything, and might have been used just to denote that time had passed.
* TheScrappy: '''LISA'''. Everyone in the movie's annoying due to their bad acting and/or stupidity, but she ''really'' takes the cake. Her annoying, repetitive mother Claudette and idiot not-boyfriend Mark come in very close second.
%%* SnarkBait
* SignatureLine: "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!"
* SoBadItsGood: The film has become a cult classic for being so bad it's good - no, more like So Horrible It's Epic.
* {{Squick}}: The rather graphic sex scenes between Lisa and Johnny. We see far more of Wiseau's particularly unappealing body than we need to. Actor Greg Ellery states that the Squick goes behind the scenes as well. The actress who plays Lisa was only 23 years old. Wiseau was 47.
** [[FromBadToWorse More to it than that.]] Apparently Wiseau wanted it to be realistic, so ''he actually was completely naked'' while they filmed that scene. That's why he seems to be having sex with her navel - he wanted to make sure he didn't accidentally... erm, get it in there.
*** Worse, according to cast and crew, Tommy had... body odor issues.
** There's one scene where Lisa's neck starts strangely spasming!
** Denny: "I just like to watch you guys!"
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Several
** Wiseau insisted on using [[ChromaKey expensive green screen effects on fabricated sets]] for the rooftop scenes (which is especially funny knowing that Wiseau ''owned a store building with an accessible rooftop''). Whenever the camera moves in these scenes, the backgrounds move with it - just at a different speed.
** The gun that [[spoiler: Johnny commits suicide with]] is clearly a cheap airsoft gun and clearly never fires beyond a [[StockSoundEffects generic]] [[BangBangBANG gunshot sound]]. Given what [[SoBadItsGood the film is known for]], anything else would probably be disappointing.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Apparently true of pretty much the entire cast & crew [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously save for Wiseau]].
** Even more so for the stage production of the movie, which ended up like a high school improv session. In particular, Greg Sestero used his stage time to mock the production instead of making a futile effort to take his lines seriously.
** ''Then'' you have the [=DVD=] release itself, which has [[TyopOnTheCover several mispellings]] on the menu and other errors. For example, the word "sexuality" being written as "sexualality" on the MPAA Rating screen and one chapter titled "Lisa Calls Mark" has the two L's replaced with the number 11.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: If some rewrites were done and better acting/direction were employed, this actually could have been a very good movie... [[CultClassic of course, it wouldn't have been nearly as memorable]].
** What would also have helped is if certain scenes were used to add emotional depth to the film rather than serving as padding. In particular, the drug dealer scene could have been more significant had it effectively been tied into the overlying plot rather than solely being used as an only loosely connected ChekhovsGun to [[spoiler:Johnny's suicide]], and the issue of Claudette's breast cancer could've gone somewhere as well.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously:
** Tommy Wiseau, as detailed in ''The Disaster Artist''.
** Dan Janjigian as Chris-R. As detailed in ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', the guy went as far as applying MethodActing to his role...despite being the ''only'' person in the cast who ''wasn't'' a professional actor and him only doing it as a favor for his roommate. As a result, he became a OneSceneWonder who gives one of the few convincing performances in the movie.
** Also as detailed in ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', Carolyn Minnott as Claudette. She had always wanted to act, and this was one of the only parts she could get. As such, she gave it everything she had, even nailing a scene right after ''being hospitalized for heat stroke.''
* UglyCute: The pug in the flower shop.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Johnny, who comes off as creepily obsessive and a douchebag rather than the model husband Tommy Wiseau intended him as. For instance, he laughs at the thought of a woman getting beaten up and going to the hospital (and it's not one of those awkward, WTF "are you serious?" laughs, we think), and later on, while claiming he never hit Lisa, he shoves her onto the couch when she is ready to walk away. This has RealitySubtext as revealed in ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist''. Wiseau actually had to be told by the crew that domestic abuse wasn't funny, as he was oblivious as to why he shouldn't laugh, but it stuck because they couldn't get a better take of the scene.
* VanityProject: While an indie project that usually requires filmmakers to wear multiple hats, Tommy Wiseau still managed to do this with his little debut film which he wrote, directed, starred in, produced, edited, etc. The opening credits start off with his name repeated multiple times before you see another name.
* {{Wangst}}: Johnny is especially guilty of this in his dialogue.
* WhatAnIdiot: Having sex with your fiancé's best friend at your fiancé's birthday party? [[SarcasmMode Good thinking!]]
** Better intimately dance with his best friend while your fiancé's ''only a few feet away,'' too!
** And also saying "I don't care" to someone who just said "You're going to DESTROY Johnny; he's VERY SENSITIVE." and ignoring those important words? That's stupidity as well!
* WTHCastingAgency: The actress who plays Michelle is more attractive than Lisa as well as a better actress, and many think she would have been much better had she gotten Lisa's role.
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