was noted for being terrible in every way. Bad acting (for the most part), terrible writing, terrible acting from the lead character, and whose writer, producer, director and lead actor were all the same person - the ambiguously autistic (there's no way he could possibly not
be on the spectrum) Eastern European immigrant Tommy Wiseau.
Sam Mraovich is the writer, producer, musician
, director and lead actor of Ben and Arthur
. Unlike Mr. Wiseau, he has a lot less money to spend on production, and it shows. The acting is worse
than The Room
. The story makes less
sense. The Room
had a plot that was pretty basic and easy to follow: a man's girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend, and stuff happens. It may have screwed up its portrayal of human relationships, but it got the basics right.
Here, in addition to having a plot that goes everywhere and includes many moments that don't make sense, this movie screws up its portayal of everything. A priest makes "holy water" that apparently has to be prepared and cooked a particular way, before being used as an ingredient in a no-gay potion. Which is taped to Ben's door, with the hopes that he'll drink it. He doesn't though, so at least Mr. Mraovich understands that aspect of normal human behavior.
There are more murders in the film than you'll find in a single week in Detroit. A lawyer, a gay man, his ex-wife, his straight brother, and a homophobic priest all either commit, attempt, or are the victim of murder at some point.
The dialog is generally better than the The Room
, but it still has moments of not making sense. A woman is upset that her husband is gay, so she screams at him that she'll become gay too and then they can live together.
Another thing Tommy Wiseau had was a budget. Here, we have a church with a cardboard cross and a "stained glass" window that looks like it was drawn with crayon. Setting the church on fire apparently involves pouring a gallon of water from a milk carton and dropping a match. Wait, that was supposed to be gasoline? Couldn't the director afford to buy a gas can at least?
Basically, everything The Room
does wrong, this movie does worse. Even the single lyrical song is stupid.