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The Room is a 2003 "romantic drama" film by unlikely 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 millionnote ; 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.


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. 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.


It was exposed to a national audience for the first time on [adult swim] on April Fools' Day, 2009. Tommy 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 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 aforementionned 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).

Ha ha ha! What a trope, Mark!

  • 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 out 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 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.
    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. Tommy Wiseau says that the play is canon to the mythology of The Room.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Johnny is in love with Lisa. Also Denny 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-Loving Hero: 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!"
  • All There in the Script: According to the credits, the guy catching Lisa and Mark is named Steven.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • 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 morally dodgy advice and parenting, though Peter seems to think it's the former.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Angrish: During his Anger Montage, Johnny screams like this.
  • Angry Collar Grab: Two examples:
    • Denny yells "You're not my fucking mother!" at Lisa's mother, 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.
  • Annoying Laugh: Johnny has one (probably 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.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – 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. That they're actually different models of guns is probably just a mistake by the filmmakers.
  • 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:
    • Lisa's mother reminds her 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.
  • Ate His Gun: Johnny ends up doing this at the end of the movie.
  • Audience Participation: At 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 along with the movie
  • Author Appeal:
    • Tommy Wiseau enjoys Skinemax-style love scenes set to cheesy slow jams, as there are several.
    • The movie (particularly Johnny's final anguished hissy fit) channels three of Wiseau's biggest cinematic idols — Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Orson Welles.
    • 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Chris-R, so much so that his actor actually ended up scaring the rest of the crew with his performance.
  • Betty and Veronica: Johnny as the Betty to Mark's Veronica for Lisa.
  • 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
    • "[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 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 Important Haircut... but it doesn't mean anything. AT. ALL.
  • 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 in the film 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 movie) 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: When Denny isn't acting like a Stalker with a Crush, he's this.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Chris-R, who wants his fucking money right now, not in five fucking minutes, or else Denny is fucking dead.
  • Coitus Ensues: Four times, plus the chocolate session.
  • Cold Ham: Tommy Wiseau manages to overreact and underreact simultaneously. It's especially noticeable when he's trashing his house, throwing things around and screaming in pain while still putting no emotion into the actual dialogue.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: 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: Ha ha ha. What a story, Mark.
  • 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?
    • Similarly, this conversation between Lisa and her mother Claudette:
    Lisa: He [Johnny] didn't get his promotion. And he got drunk last night. And he hit me.
    Claudette: Johnny doesn't drink!
  • 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.
    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.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Johnny crosses it and commits suicide at the end of the movie.
  • 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. In addition, 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 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: 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!
  • 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.
  • Dull Surprise: "O hi, (fill in the name)." Greg Sestero joked about doing yoga to perfect Mark's boringness.
  • Easily Forgiven: Mark nearly shoves Peter over the edge of the roof and is forgiven almost instantly in an awkward fashion.
  • Establishing Shot: An abundance of it, particularly of The San Francisco Bridge both day and night; 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 things in this movie, 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 Tommy Wiseau's bare ass. He was inspired by a movie 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: Tommy 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. Greg 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 sex and make-out scenes.
  • 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.
  • Funny Foreigner: Johnny, and Tommy Wiseau himself, unintentionally. Obscurus Lupa described Wiseau as "the French Borat, if he didn't know he was the French Borat", while described his voice in the film as "Borat trying to do an impression of Christopher Walken playing a mental patient." Made even funnier because in Real Life Tommy Wiseau claims to be from New Orleans. Turns out that he's likely from Poland.
  • The Gadfly: Lisa is originally just interested in 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".
  • Gangsta Style: Like any good movie gangsta, Chris-R holds his gun sideways.
  • Gargle Blaster: Half scotch, half vodka, served neat. Scotchka!
  • Genre Shift: The movie 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 movie could easily be mistaken for a soft-core porn film; 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!
  • Gold Digger: Lisa's mother guiltlessly, but only 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.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Unintentionally subverted. It's obviously what Tommy was going for with Johnny, but given Tommy'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 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 prior to September 22, 2015 had). Worth noting is that this in the movie, 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 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.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Taken Up to Eleven since this is the original version, but Tommy's dialogue as Johnny is often overdubbed, hardly ever matching his Mouth Flaps.
  • The Hyena: Johnny. He even laughs at a story about domestic violence.
  • 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 meant 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".
  • Important Haircut: 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 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. 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 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 in the movie 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, his covert taping of Lisa to determine whether or not she was having an affair and destructive meltdown toward the end of the movie.
  • 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!
  • Karma Houdini: For some reason, Mark is blameless when Lisa cheats on Johnny with him — all four times. 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 Lisa was actually coming on to him OVER JOHNNY'S CORPSE. His reaction could be seen as a My God, What Have I Done? moment.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham:
    • Tommy Wiseau actually manages to combine this with Dull Surprise. See Cold Ham.
    • Chris-R is a more straight example. He wants his money RIGHT FUCKING NOW! It's also arguably the best performance in the film.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Mentor: 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.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The actor who plays Mark, Greg Sestero, is 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.
  • Necktie Headband: Lisa sports one while she and Johnny get very drunk on Scotchka before their "second" love scene.
  • Never My Fault: Mark refuses to accept responsibility for sleeping with Lisa knowing she was in a relationship, or for accidentally driving Johnny to suicide, instead putting all the blame on Lisa both times. Probably because Lisa convinced him to begin with, but it was still out of his own choice.
  • 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 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.
  • 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: A fan-made one, written in the same terrible style as the original film. It goes so far as to elaborate on certain plot points: Lisa cheats on Johnny because she's dissatisfied with him fucking her bellybutton, and Denny asks for baking ingredients because he is making meth brownies. It's available for free online.
  • 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 to Love: 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.
  • 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 Shirley Hamilton. The closest thing anyone actually in the movie has to a last name is "Chris-R".
  • Only Sane Man: 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. He's so savvy his character quits the film at one point, and never returns, making him the Only Sane Man from a meta-narrative sense.
  • 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 in.
  • 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.
  • 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 Disney Store toward the end of the movie 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: Greg Sestero's book reveals what many of us have 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.
  • Remember the New Guy?: 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. 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.
  • 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' 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.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Chris-R.
  • 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: Tommy Wiseau plans on creating a novelization of The Room. There's already a Flash game tribute (see below).
  • Spiritual Successor: Tommy'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 Tommy Wiseau's character has a catchphrase ("Oh, hai X" and "What a day!" respectively).
  • Stock Footage: 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. 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.
  • Stupid Evil: Lisa decides that the best place to have her romps with Mark is within her and Johnny's own home...even when there's an entire party of people around. Naturally, the two of them are caught.
  • 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 him tied up in the closet during the party. According to the RedLetterMedia commentary, he was a member of the audience who was so invested in the story that he managed to enter the film to criticize Johnny.
  • The Teetotaler: 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.
  • Tempting Fate: "I'm so happy I have you as my best friend. And I love Lisa so much."
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry:
    • "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!!!"
    • "I'm so happy I have you as my best friend, and I love Lisa so much."
  • 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 
  • 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 in the entire movie 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 in the movie.
  • Unexplained Accent: Johnny has a thick accent, 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. Wiseau's original nationality was the subject of much scrutiny, as Wiseau makes contradictory claims to be from either France or New Orleans. A Reddit user using clues from Greg Sistero's book appears to have finally determined that Wiseau is Polish-American, with relatives in Louisiana.
  • 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: Tommy 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.
  • Verbal Tic: Johnny has "Huh?", which he uses at the endings of some of his sentences.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish:
    • Thank you Mr. Wiseau, for helpfully showing us the movie is taking place in San Francisco every five minutes. 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 drug dealer 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:
    • 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 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!

Ha ha ha, what a story, Tropers. Anyway, how is your sex life?