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"The Room is a menagerie of conveniences, contrivances, and cliches. With ridiculous characters whose motivations change every few minutes, sets that look like they belong in a 60's episode of Doctor Who, and writing and dialogue SO bad that it makes crap like Transformers seem like Pulp Fiction in comparison. And you know what? It's fucking glorious!
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I DID NAHT HIT HER, IT'S NAHT TRUE! IT'S BOWLSCHIT, I DID NAHT HIT HER! I DID NAAAAHHT— Oh hai, troper. Let's describe The Room here, huh?

The Room is a 2003 "romantic drama" film by unlikely amateur filmmaker Tommy Wiseau. It is ostensibly about a man, Johnny, played by Wiseau, tortured by the betrayal of his "future wife" Lisa and his best friend, Mark, who are having an affair.

It was made on a budget of $6 million;note  in spite of this, the only major locales where most of the movie takes place are the eponymous room, a different room and a rooftop, punctuated with Stock Footage establishing shots of San Francisco to spice things up, a car, a park, two alleyways, a cafe and a 19-second scene in a flower shop. It's exactly what you should expect to get when a man who can't act, write, direct or produce stars in, writes, directs and produces a film.

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A lion's share of the budget went into the production itself, as Wiseau decided to shoot the film in both 35 mm film and HD video side-by-side. He also purchased the cameras, instead of renting them as film productions usually do. note  The film was theatrically released only in Los Angeles. It was advertised by a single vague billboard consisting entirely of Wiseau's face staring down at visitors in the area. The billboard remained in place for years before being covered over, long after the film was out of theaters and residents wondered what the heck "The Room" was - which helped contribute to its cult status as word of mouth spread about how downright bizarre it is.

The Room continues to be screened in L.A. and other cities, becoming a cult phenomenon of sorts. Showings include interactive affairs à la The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 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 touch football are explored in the film) and dressing up as their favorite character.

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It was exposed to a national audience for the first time on [adult swim] on April Fools' Day, 2009. Wiseau was also the focus of a Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! episode which aired immediately after the 2009 showing, causing Adult Swim fans to refer to it as The Tim and Eric Movie. A RiffTrax commentary for the film was released in 2009, and a Kickstarter funded a May 2015 live show as well. RedLetterMedia followed with its own commentary track. The Nostalgia Critic and Obscurus Lupa reviewed it in 2010, and were immediately forced by Wiseau Films to take the reviews down due to non-existent "copyright infringement".note  There is also a flash game tribute to the film here.

Two books have been written about the film. In 2013, Greg Sestero (who played Mark) in cooperation with Tom Bissell wrote 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. Said book has been adapted into a film, The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco as Wiseau, with his younger brother Dave Franco as Sestero. Philip Haldiman, who played Denny, wrote a comic book called My Big Break, the first of which covers his audition.

In 2018, Robyn Paris, who played a minor character in the film, launched a comedy webseries called The Room Actors: Where Are They Now, featuring fellow former actors of the film (including the aforementioned Haldiman) and following their (fictional) lives 15 years later. Needless to say, the experience has marked them deeply − and hilariously.

Not to be confused with Room by Emma Donoghue, note  The Room by Harold Pinter (which isn't quite as awkward), The Room, a Hubert Selby Jr. novel, The Room, a college film by Doug Walker, The Room, a 2012 mobile puzzle game, and definitely not with Silent Hill 4: The Room (although a crossover between them would rule; just imagine what the eponymous town of Silent Hill could do with people as messed up as Johnny and his squad).


You're troping me apart, Lisa!

  • 24-Hour Party People: Johnny and Lisa have a Limited Social Circle consisting of the small rotating group of Mark, Claudette, Denny, Michelle, Mike and Peter (who isn’t at the party). At Johnny's birthday party, this circle has almost doubled, populated by an additional five people (four extras and Steven) we've never seen before. Later party scenes even include guests who weren't there when the party started, as several of the extras walked off in disgust during the shoot. Johnny describes them as "all his friends."
  • Aborted Arc: The film is mostly made of B-plots that go nowhere: Denny's drug problem and his debt to Chris-R, Claudette's breast cancer and mortgage, Peter and Mark's feud, etc. According to Sestero, Carolyn Minnott (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.
    The Nostalgia Critic: You can pretty much make trading cards out of how many pointless sequences there are in this movie.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation, which adds new characters (Travis, Claudette's lover, and Scott, Denny's friend), and a few improvised scenes. Wiseauinvoked says that the play is canon to the mythology of The Room.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Johnny is in love with Lisa. Denny also has a crush on her. But Lisa wants Mark. But Mark only wants her for the sex. But Lisa's okay with that, because she wants Johnny to be jealous...
  • All There in the Script: According to the credits, the guy catching Lisa and Mark is named Steven.
  • Anatomically Impossible Sex: During the first sex scene, Johnny is so high up on Lisa it looks as though he is having sex with her belly button. During filming, the cast and crew noted this but Tommy remained insistent.
  • Anger Montage: Quite possibly one of the wimpiest, most half-hearted Anger Montages in the history of film, right at the end, culminating with Johnny tossing a television set through his window. In many ways, the scene mirrors similar scenes from Citizen Kane and Pink Floyd - The Wall.
    Kevin Murphy: The room! HE'S TEARING IT APART!!
  • Angry Collar Grab:
    • Denny yells "You're not my fucking mother!" at Claudette, provoking her to start yanking his shirt collar.
    • Later, Mark grabs Peter by his jacket during their heated argument on the rooftop and shakes him hard.
  • Appliance Defenestration: During his Anger Montage, Johnny hurls a TV out of a window.
    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!
  • April Fools' Day: [adult swim] had airings of this film as an April Fools prank for three years straight - and seemed to be going at it for a fourth time, only for the tables to be turned on viewers who were not expecting a revival of Toonami. The broadcast actually opened with TOM watching The Room.
  • Artifact Title: The earliest incarnation of the script was a stage play, which indeed only took place in a single room.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Johnny left Chris-R's gun lying in a unlocked box on the floor.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Lisa and Mark are really fond of this.
    Mark (after visibly noticing Lisa is trying to seduce him): "I mean, the candles... the music... the sexy dress, I mean... what's going on here?"
  • As You Know:
    • Claudette reminds Lisa that she has known Johnny for over five years.
    • An inversion; when Mike and Johnny meet up in the alleyway, Mike tells Johnny about when Lisa and Claudette walked in on him and Michelle having sex... only it's the audience who already know this, not Johnny.
    • Johnny and Mark are best friends... we're told this around five times. In this case it's rather inverted, as it's unlikely anyone would deduce this merely by watching considering what a hilariously bad friend Mark actually is.
  • Ate His Gun: Johnny ultimately commits suicide this way at the end of the movie.
    RiffTrax: Oh hai, gun barrel!
  • Audience Participation: At The Rocky Horror Picture Show-style screenings, audiences are actively encouraged to vocally express their abject revulsion, even by Wiseau himself. This includes:
    • Hurling plastic spoons at the screen whenever the photo frame with the stock photo of a spoon is on screen.
    • Impromptu games of football in the aisles each time a similarly incomprehensible football game starts on screen.
    • Telling characters to close the door whenever they leave it open
    • Chanting "Go! Go! Go!" at the start of every panning shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, and cheering if it makes it to the end.
    • Saying "O hai ____!" at the entrance of every character.
    • Applauding when Claudette says what the audience is thinking: "What are these characters doing here?"
    • Saying the most famous lines alongside the film.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Wiseau enjoys Skinemax-style love scenes set to cheesy slow jams, as there are several.
    • Johnny's hissy fits through the film channel three of Wiseau's biggest cinematic idols — Marlon Brando, James Dean and Orson Welles. His famous "You are tearing me APART!" exclamation is a reference to Rebel Without a Cause, of all things, and his final anguished tantrum and destruction of his house is a direct reference to the similar (but rather better) scene in Welles's Citizen Kane.
    • 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 football is fun.
  • Author Tract: Cast members have alleged that Lisa represents what Wiseau thinks of women, while Lisa's actress in particular believes she represents how the entire world has mistreated Wiseau.
    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.
  • Betty and Veronica: Johnny as the Betty to Mark's Veronica for Lisa. Johnny is a laid-back, plain guy (and that's probably generous to describe Wiseau), while Mark has the good looks to convincingly pull off a "bad boy" image.
  • Big "WHY?!": Denny at the end while mourning over Johnny's corpse.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Johnny finds out about Lisa and Mark on his birthday and kills himself as a result.
  • Blatant Lies: Lisa telling Claudette that Johnny got drunk and hit her is said with long pauses, shifty eye movements and a monotone voice.
  • Body Horror: Lisa's neck. It is customary to scream in disgust each time it starts bulging against the strap.
  • Brick Joke: If this were a comedy, Tommy hearing Lisa saying in his head "Don't worry, everything will be alright" before he commits suicide, shooting himself in the head, would be a perfect Brick Joke.note 
  • Broken Record: Lisa has the same scene with Claudette five times, and the way she seduces Mark is played out exactly the same way (with Mark being surprised every time).
  • Busman's Holiday: Peter the psychologist. He is always playing psychologist to his friends (though the dialog jumps from actually being their psychologist, to just a friend being roped into giving them advice).
    Kevin Murphy: You just asked him to play psychologist!
  • Captain Obvious: Characters have a tendency to randomly blurt out things that are blatantly obvious. For instance, Chris-R is flatly described as a dangerous man with a gun immediately after a scene that clearly displayed this without need for extra dialogue. It's like Wiseau misheard Show, Don't Tell as "Show, then tell."
  • Cassandra Truth: A rather bizarre version. After Mark tells Johnny a story about a woman he knew who was viciously beaten by a boyfriend who found out she was cheating, Johnny chuckles and responds "what a story!", as if he thinks Mark is lying.
  • Catchphrase: One of the 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.
    • "[She is/You are] my future wife." Why he never uses "fiancée" and "fiancé" is never explained in universe. note 
    • "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.
    • And, on the same note, "I'm very busy", even if they're clearly not doing anything, as most of them are.
    • "Haaaaah?"
  • Character Development: 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 increasingly 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 Important Haircut... but it doesn't mean anything. AT. ALL.
    An argument could be made that Johnny and Mark finally break free of Lisa, except neither seems natural.
  • Character Shilling:
    • We are constantly told Lisa is beautiful, multiple times. One character's role is to simply say that Lisa looks "hot".
    • Johnny gets this, in spades. Everyone except Chris-R seems to praise him to the point that very few scenes go by without him being praised.
      • The Flash game exaggerates this. Every store clerk in the game tells Johnny that he's their favorite customer. And when you walk into the coffee shop, there's a giant photo of Johnny with the caption "Customer of the Month". Dialogue from Johnny indicates that this isn't the first time.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The gun that Mark takes off Chris-R somehow winds up in Johnny's possession.
  • Chocolate of Romance: A random scene (like much of the film) has Lisa's friend Michelle and her boyfriend Mike sneak into Johnny's house for some romantic time. Mike brings a box of chocolate for the occasion.
    Mike: Did you, uh, know that chocolate is the symbol of love.
    Michelle: Mmm... feed me.
    Kevin: Take me to a Country Buffet and feed me.
  • Coitus Ensues: Four times, plus the chocolate session.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: After being caught having sex in Johnny and Lisa's apartment, Mike and Michelle flee. But Mike realizes he forgot his underwear. Under the guise of having forgotten his book, he grabs the underwear from behind Claudette. Well, Claudette, she saw it sticking out of his pocket, she pulls it out, and she's showing everybody his underwear.
  • Comically Missing the Point: 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 too old, or you think I will take her away from you?
  • Consolation Backfire: After Johnny's suicide, Lisa, leaning against Mark, sobs, "Johnny's dead, but I still have you, right?" This is a little Too Soon 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".
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Johnny kills himself.
    Lisa: I lost him, but I still have you, right? Right?
    Mark: You don't have me. You'll NEVER have me.note 
    Lisa: Mark, we're free to be together. I love you.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: As part of the Ask a Stupid Question... and Captain Obvious examples above, characters sometimes make statements that are utterly redundant. When Lisa asks if Johnny got a promotion, Johnny glumly responds "Nah" only for Lisa to inexplicably ask the same basic question again.
  • Dissonant Laughter: And how:
    Mark: Yeah, man, you'll never know. People are very strange these days. I used to know a girl; she had a dozen guys. One of them found out about it... beat her up so bad she ended up at a hospital on Guerrero Street.
    Johnny: Ha ha ha. What a story, Mark.
  • Double Standard: 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.
  • Downer Ending: 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. Additionally, 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 comeuppance and, according to Word of God, Claudette overcomes her cancer.
  • Dramatic Irony: Johnny kindly (and very suddenly) sets aside his anger over Lisa's false accusation of domestic violencenote  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.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Denny almost gets killed by Chris-R because of his "drug money". Later, Mark attempts to kill Peter while high on marijuana.
  • Easily Forgiven: Mark nearly shoves Peter over the edge of the roof and is forgiven almost instantly in an awkward fashion.
  • Establishing Shot: This is almost San Francisco Eiffel Tower Effect: The Movie, with shots of the Golden Gate Bridge (both day and night), a cable car, multiple showings of the Palace of Fine Arts and the Alamo Square Painted Ladies houses (i.e. the Full House houses), Grace Cathedral, shots of the Transamerica Pyramid in the skyline, and a scene filmed in Golden Gate Park. It seems that Wiseau really wanted us to fall in love with the location as well as the film itself.
    Kevin Murphy: Ok then, San Francisco...Still San Francisco...yep...I believe we've gone around twice now, thank you very much.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Lisa tells Johnny she's pregnant and later in the same scene, confesses she made it up "to make things interesting". Like many other things, the subplot is never mentioned again.
  • Famous Last Words: Johnny's line "God, forgive me."
  • Female Gaze: It's definitely there to look at, that's for sure. According to The Disaster Artist, this was the reason behind the gratuitous close-up of Wiseau's bare ass. He was inspired by a film where Brad Pitt did it, and claimed "we have to show my ass or the movie won't sell". The reception can be painfully, painfully subjective.
  • Filk Song: Wiseau's The Room rap by The Brooklyn Doctors.
  • Flashback Cut: When Johnny goes bonkers and trashes the apartment, he has swift flashbacks to moments with Lisa which adds to his torment.
  • Flat Character: Due to a lack of characterization and an abundance of bad writing, very few, if any, characters have any effective personality traits or Character Development that make them well-rounded characters. Sestero personally described Mark as a character "without a head or tail".
  • Flowers of Romance: 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 intimate scenes.
  • Foreshadowing: "I Will", played over an early sex scene, features the line "I will stand in the way of a bullet".
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Attempted, but most plotlines become aborted.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Tommy is highly emotional and dependent (Melancholic), Lisa cares only for her own endeavors and little for Tommy (Choleric), Mark is generally kind but unwilling to own up to his affair with Lisa (Phlegmatic), and Denny is very childlike and naive (Sanguine). They all actually do a great job of showing off the negative aspects of their respective temperaments.
  • Gargle Blaster: Half scotch, half vodka, served neat. Scotchka! (This is often preceded by an chant of "Scotchka!" from viewers.)
  • Genre Shift: The film seems to go through an unintentional one, contributing to its general weirdness. There are so many gratuitous sex scenes in the first half (set to cheesy synthesized pop music, natch) that the film could easily be mistaken for a soft-core porn; even the whole infidelity plot initially just comes off as an excuse to make Lisa have sex with two different men. But around the 45-minute mark, the sex starts to fade away, while the story just gets more ridiculously complex, becoming a straight romantic melodrama.
  • Get Out!:
    Johnny to Mark: "Don't touch me, mothafawker. Get out!"
    • And then after Lisa is gone: "Get out. Get out! GET OUT OFF MY LIIIIIFE!"
    • And then Mark to Lisa after Johnny dies: "GET OUT OF MY LIFE, YOU BITCH!"
    • And then Denny to Lisa and Mark after Johnny dies: "Leave us! Just leave! Both of you!"
    Mike (as Denny): I need to inhale his soul before it dissipates!
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Unintentionally subverted. It's obviously what Tommy was going for with Johnny, but given Wiseau's appearance as stated just above, it falls on its face. Lisa, meanwhile, shows her true colors as the story progresses by cheating on him with Mark.
  • 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.
      Bill Corbett: Hey I just ate an entire apple, even the core!
    • 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.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: This otherwise low budget film 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 films prior to September 22, 2015 had). Worth noting is that this is in the film, however, Wiseau refused to pay for licensing the Bon Jovi songs that he initially wanted the love scenes set to, which led to the infamous R&B soundtrack. This isn't the only thing he blows money on at another scene's expense.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: Mike seems to mention his relationship with Michelle at nearly every opportunity, at one point flatly saying "I have to go make out with Michelle" to his friends (making it sound like he'd scheduled an appointment to make out with her) before leaving.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Mark and Lisa keep seeming to change between intended sympathetic characters and Jerkasses, Lisa in particular. Also, Lisa's friend Michelle. Is she supportive of Lisa cheating on Johnny or not? Make up your mind, Wiseau!note 
  • The Hero Dies: Johnny is Driven to Suicide by his fiance's infidelity with his best friend.
  • Heroic Build: The film manages to both invert and avert this trope. The two most muscular people in the film, Mark and Chris-R., are by and large the antagonists whereas the (so-called) protagonist, Johnny, doesn't really embody this example, either (especially when we see him mostly naked).
  • Hollywood Law:
    • Chris-R is never actually arrested, yet Johnny and Mark "take him to jail" in about four minutes.
    • Johnny apparently gets to keep Chris-R's gun after he gets carted off to jail, eventually 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.note 
  • Hong Kong Dub: Exaggerated since this is the original version, but Wiseau's dialogue as Johnny is often overdubbed, hardly ever matching his Mouth Flaps.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Johnny begins a scene visibly(?) frustrated over the accusations of him hitting Lisa and gets upset when Mark even asks him about it. In this very same scene, Mark tells him about a woman who ended up in a hospital as a result of domestic violence and finds this amusing.
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: It's easier to identify the main character as Tommy Wiseau rather than "Johnny".
  • Ice-Cream Koan: A lot of the film's attempts at "poignant" dialogue come off as this, but the most stand out example is Johnny responding to Denny's question of what movie he wants to see with "don't plan too much, it may not come out right."
  • Idealized Sex: The first sex scene. From the cheesy music and the rose petals everywhere, it's clear that it's intended to be a wonderful romantic, erotic moment.
  • I Have This Friend...: During Mark's "do you think girls have affairs" dialog with Johnny, it's quite 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 "a friend".
  • I'll Kill You!: "I KILL YOU I BREAK EVERY BONE IN YOUR BODY! I KILL YOU YOU BASTURD!"
  • Important Haircut: Some attention is given to Mark shaving his beard off partway through, although it's not at all clear what, if anything, this is supposed to signifynote . 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 an inversion of Beard of Evil. Taking it away makes him more of a jerkass.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: After Lisa's affair with Mark comes out in the open, Johnny storms into the bathroom after their fight. Lisa then has the gall to call Mark on her phone while Johnny's in earshot (although this was more out of spite than anything else). Johnny even lampshades the trope.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Lisa suggests to Johnny to have drink after the bad news about his promotion not being given.
  • Informed Ability:
    • 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 financially 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.
    • Lisa supposedly is a master seductress who gets into Mark's pants via candles, a sexy dress and sons music. Absolutely none of those traits or items are present.
  • Informed Attractiveness: The main characters state how beautiful and sexy Lisa is almost ad nauseam. There's even a side character whose only audible line is "Lisa looks hot tonight." To make matters worse, he says it to a woman who's possibly his date/wife.
  • Informed Flaw: Lisa complains that Johnny is "boring" the first time she talks with her mother. Johnny has a number of flaws (probably unintentionally so, see below), but being boring definitely isn't one of them.
  • Informed Kindness: Johnny is ostensibly an emotionally fragile Nice Guy. This shilling is kind of undermined by his laughing at domestic abuse that landed someone in the hospital.
  • Interrupted Intimacy:
    • Lisa and her mother walk in on Mike and Michelle making out on the couch.
    • Later echoed by Michelle interrupting Lisa and Mark in the same spot.
  • Ironic Echo: "You just a chicken. CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP!"
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: An indirect example.
    Lisa: He [Johnny] didn't get his promotion. And he got drunk last night. And he hit me.
    Claudette: Johnny doesn't drink!
  • Kubrick Stare: The official poster. The fact Wiseau is slightly cross-eyed makes it less than threatening, though still kind of creepy.
  • Kudzu Plot: Every plot thread except for the main one gets brought up in one scene, then forgotten by the rest. See Aborted Arc above for more details. Even the main plot just kinda ends with no real sense of resolution.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: Averted. In the alley scene, Mike gives Johnny a detailed description of when Claudette and Lisa walked in on him and Michelle having sex. Despite the fact that the audience already saw the scene play out earlier in the movie, and Mike's retelling added no new information (though it did provide some goofy mugging and the infamous "me underwears" line). It's another example of Wiseau's bizarre "Show, then Tell" method of storytelling.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • 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.
    • This exchange:
      Lisa: I miss you.
      Mark: What are you talking about? I just saw you.
    • Peter's final scene before vanishing entirely 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 final scenes, it falls toward the screen and lands on the camera.
  • Limited Social Circle: Averted, hilariously. See Suspiciously Similar Substitute. Though that doesn't stop RiffTrax from making a joke about it.
    Lisa: <doorbell rings> Who is it?
    Bill Corbett: You know three other people!
  • Locked in the Bathroom: Johnny locks himself in the bathroom after his birthday party when he discovers his girlfriend and best friend have been having an affair.
    Bill Corbett: Eurotrash infesting your bathroom? Call 1-800-EUR-OUT!
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Mike and Michelle make out on the couch in Johnny's apartment.
  • May I Borrow a Cup of Sugar?: Denny comes over to borrow exactly this (plus a few other items). Getting him into the scene accomplishes literally nothing, leading to the oft-repeated Audience Participation line of "FUCK OFF, DENNY!"
  • 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.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Truly wild example — "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Mike falling against some bins is apparently a life-threatening ailment if his and everybody else's reactions are anything to go by. He limps off supported by Mark, who asks if he wants to see a doctor, even though he only got some minor bruising at worst.
  • Mood Whiplash: Thanks to Wiseau's dialogue and direction, viewers are never sure where a scene is going. For example, Johnny enters the rooftop in the middle of a tirade about being accused of domestic abuse, only to become abruptly cheerful upon seeing Mark.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Denny is apparently 16-18 years old. He acts and dresses like a (very weird) kid most of the time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's implied that Mark is horrified that he ended up causing Johnny to commit suicide, and is calling out Lisa for having just as much of a part in it.
  • Necktie Headband: Lisa sports one while she and Johnny get very drunk on Scotchka before their "second" love scene.
  • Never Trust a Title: The Room. Despite the title, the characters are neither trapped in a room nor is there anything particularly strange about their apartment. According to Wiseau, the title refers to a person's Happy Place, which only makes sense for about three seconds. According to 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.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Averted, there are quite a few lingering shots of Lisa's breasts, including the nipples. Even when Johnny has his suicidal tantrum.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: "You're just a chicken! Cheeeeeep-cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep-cheeeeep!"
  • Non Sequitur:
    • "Anyway, how is your sex life?"
    • This exchange:
      Peter: People are people. Sometimes they just can't see their own faults.
      Mark: Yeah, I'm thinking of moving into a bigger place, man. I'm making some good money.
  • Novelization:
  • Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation:
    • Lisa is in "the computer business" which could mean anything. Of course, the only thing we see Lisa do is lounge around Johnny's apartment, so it's bordering on Informed Ability.
    • 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.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Most of Johnny's dialogue in the rooftop scene consists of him telling Mark what a trusted friend he is and how Lisa would never cheat on him.
  • One-Hour Work Week: 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.
  • One Steve Limit: Mark and Denny's never-seen girlfriends are named Betty and Elizabeth, respectively. Betty is a nickname for Elizabeth. And so is Lisa.
  • Only One Name: Everybody except for Claudette's unseen friend Shirley Hamilton. The closest thing anyone actually has to a last name is "Chris-R".
  • Passed-Over Promotion: Johnny's failure to be promoted can be interpreted as what inspires Lisa to begin the affair in earnest.
  • The Place: The eponymous room, where most scenes take place.
  • Please Wake Up: Both Mark and Denny say this to Johnny, after his suicide. Made ridiculous by the fact that Johnny has a bullet in his brain, his blood is spreading out beneath him and he clearly isn't going to wake up anytime soon.
  • Plot-Inciting Infidelity: Johnny has everything at the start of the film: wealth, a large group of friends, and his engagement to Lisa. If not for her infidelity with Johnny's friend Mark, there wouldn't be a plot to speak of.
  • Precision F-Strike: After Denny gets confronted by Lisa and her mother after his skirmish with Chris-R, Lisa's mom pesters Denny to the point where he says, "You're not my fucking mother!", provoking her to start yanking his shirt collar.
  • Product Placement: There are a few shots of the Disney Store toward the end for whatever reason.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I like you. Very much. Lover. Boy." followed by "Forget. About Johnny."
  • Rage Against the Reflection: At one point during his wimp BSoD, Johnny smashes a mirror.
    Kevin Murphy: I hate you, guy who looks like me!
  • Random Events Plot: Nothing that occurs between the second sex scene and Johnny's birthday party has any effect on the story, leading to numerous Left Hanging and What Happened to the Mouse? moments.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Sestero's book reveals what many of us have always suspected: large portions of the film (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 Wiseau. He also claims that a lot of what Mark says is 'Tommy altered' versions of stuff he said to him.
  • Remember the New Guy?: A really lazy example. With about 20 minutes left, 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. Word of God 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. The RedLetterMedia Alternate DVD Commentary remarked that Steve seems like an audience member who has popped into the film to criticize the characters.
  • Right Through His Pants: Sestero originally refused the role because the love scenes made him uncomfortable. Wiseau compromised by allowing him to wear jeans for the scene on the stairs and a Modesty Bedsheet for the bedroom scene.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: 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.
  • Screen-to-Stage Adaptation: 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.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man:
    • Johnny, Mark, Denny and Peter in the scene where they're all wearing tuxedos. They're doing a wedding rehearsal, but... no one mentioned anything about a wedding!
    • Johnny's regular suit is probably supposed to come off like this, and also makes sense since he's supposed to be a banker. However, it's so ill-fitting and disheveled (which is also an apt description of the man wearing it), that he instead looks like a guy you would avoid sitting next to on the bus.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show, Don't Tell: Because of Wiseau's...film-making inclinations, this film is a major violator of this rule. We are told, repeatedly, that Johnny is "a nice guy," but we find him laughing at a domestic abuse story at one point in the film! Anything we need to know about a character is told to us point blank, usually awkwardly.
  • Sitting on the Roof: The rooftop is Johnny's and Mark's favorite place to hang out.
  • Skewed Priorities: After Mark tries to kill Peter, Peter seems more concerned by the fact that Mark smokes weed.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • (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 Agatha Christie mystery.
    • After Johnny's dramatic suicide, the credits start rolling to an incredibly cheesy RnB softcore porn soundtrack ("You Are My Rose"), that played at the second sex scene.
  • Spear Carrier: "Lisa looks hot tonight."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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 is another nickname for the name "Denis". He's even called "Danny" in the beginning.
  • Spin-Off: Wiseau plans on creating a novelization of The Room. There's already a Flash game tribute (see below).
  • Spiritual Successor: Wiseau's pilot for his sitcom The Neighbours. Both are set in an apartment complex, but while The Room focused on one group of tenants, The Neighbours focuses on several. Both also involve an obsession with sports (footballs for one, basketballs for another) and Wiseau's character has a catchphrase ("Oh, hai X" and "What a day!" respectively). The Neighbours also features someone watching The Room on TV.
  • Stock Footage: They used clips of the first sex scene in the second. Allegedly, Juliette Danielle (the actress playing Lisa) refused to let Wiseau near her to film another one. The truth is that Wiseau loved the footage of himself having sex so much that he wrote a second sex scene into the script so he could use the footage as much as possible. Indeed, the only concession he gave to his editor in the entire editing process was to reduce the length of the first sex scene, which he originally intended to run, via repeated footage, for six minutes straight.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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 RiffTrax, Lisa has Peter tied up in the closet during the party. According to the RedLetterMedia commentary, Steve was a member of the audience who was so invested in the story that he managed to enter the film to criticize Mark and Lisa.
  • Tempting Fate: "I'm so happy I have you as my best friend. And I love Lisa so much."
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Seemingly every scene has a line or two of dialogue where a character just flat-out states how they feel about something.
    • "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!!!"
    • "I'm so happy I have you as my best friend, and I love Lisa so much."
  • Theme Initials: Mark, Mike and Michelle. Mike and Michelle is also a borderline One Steve Limit aversion, since Michelle is the feminine form of Michel, the French version of Michael.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "In a few minutes, bitch!" said by Johnny while weeping in the bathroom.
    Lisa: Who are you calling a bitch?note 
    Johnny: You and your stupid mother!
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The wonderful and giving All-Loving Hero gets betrayed by his best friend and his future wife. It's too much for him to take.
    "I'm fed up with this WARULD!"
  • The Topic of Cancer: Lisa's mother brings up her cancer once. No one ever speaks of it again.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The two-minute-long trailer (included on the DVD/Blu-ray) spoils every plot twist except for Johnny's suicide. And if that were the weirdest thing about it...
  • Trivial Title: 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.
  • The Unfair Sex: As written, it's 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. Mark is a hapless victim of this beautiful conniving seductress. The casting and performances undermine the script's intentions.
  • Updated Re-release: Wiseau claimed to have been working on converting the film to 3D for theatrical release in 2012. As nothing new on the matter had been reported by the end of 2016, this is probably not happening.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish:
    • Thank you, Mr. Wiseau, for helpfully showing us the film is taking place in San Francisco every five minutes — and oddly, each successive shot gets longer and longer. This has led to an Audience Participation bit where every time an Establishing Shot is shown, the audience shouts "Meanwhile, in San Francisco..."
      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 Shots are important.
    • We are reminded every five minutes or so that a) Johnny is a wonderful person, b) Mark is Johnny's best friend, and c) Lisa is beautiful.
  • Voodoo Shark: The Chris-R scene, which apparently exists only to give Johnny a gun, raises far more questions than it answers. Why does the adopted child of a 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 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 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 the gun falling off the rooftop, so even the one storytelling function the scene does have may be accidental.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Many plot threads are left dangling or are forgotten immediately after they're introduced:
    • Claudette casually mentions her cancer to a dismissive Lisa early in the film, 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 the gun, although see Voodoo Shark 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 Real Life Writes the Plot, 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.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: 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 onenote . Again, it's doubtful Wiseau is really French because the French don't naturally have "W"'s in their words and names.
    Johnny: I'm fed up with this world!
    Bill Corbett: I'm going back to Braziliromanislovakistan!
  • Wimp Fight: Mark and Johnny's "fight" on Johnny's birthday party is this, with schoolyard shoving and intertwining of bodies, and Johnny's bad chicken imitations undermine what (very) little drama there is left.
  • Wine Is Classy: At Johnny's birthday party. Nearly everyone has one in their hand, including Denny, who isn't even old enough to drink yet.
  • You Can Say That Again: In response to the "what a story, Mark!" line.
  • You Know What They Say: Love is blind.
  • You Owe Me: "I want to talk, right now. You owe me one anyway."
  • You're Not My Father:
    Denny: You're not my fucking mother!


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