I've seen The Room
three times already. The third time, I watched it with my dad, who kept remarking, multiple times during the film, "it's so bad
," as if he just couldn't believe it.
But what we were both cracking up at later on was the quotes from the film we were reading online afterward, and the memories they brought back. While watching The Room
, some of the dumb dialog just skips right by and sounds natural in context. But when you actually read what's being said, that's when it hits you hard just how dumb it really is.
There's tons of these little things. Denny is asked what he's buying drugs and he says, "I don't know, to make money!" Wait, you make money by buying
drugs? Wow, sounds like a great get-rich-quick scheme. Why doesn't everyone do it then? So much dumb-in-hindsight dialog comes and goes that a lot of it only really becomes funny after you read it or watch it again.
Tommy's acting makes all his lines pure Narm
. I actually felt his crying was believable, but everything else just doesn't work. "In a few minutes, bitch!" actually made the actors crack up, and I can see why. In fact, any anger coming from Johnny just doesn't really come off as convincing. His dropping of the F-bomb in an argument with his friend just doesn't work. Johnny seriously steals every scene he's in. When terrible acting comes from the main character, no matter what type of movie you're trying to make or how good the other actors are, you're going to get a comedy.
One thing I noticed though is that some of the actors aren't bad. I particularly liked the actress who played Lisa's elderly mother. Her acting came across to me as natural and well carried-out. It's not her fault that the words that actually come out of her mouth are so corny. My dad even had a favorite character whose acting and dialog he said never struck him as unnatural. I think it was Denny. A coworker liked Claudette.
The whole movie is just ridiculous. Narmy dialog delivered by actors both good (Claudette) and terrible (Johnny), a plot that can be summed up in one sentence ("A Mary Sue
has a girlfriend who's cheating on him with his best friend"), and those infamous "love scenes" that go on forever (Yes, Lisa's very cute, but do we need to see both her and Johnny like that?). It has to be seen to be appreciated.