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7 out of 7(100%)reviewers recommend this movie.
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Review 1 for (Unknown)
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1 / 5
1 / 5

A "Good-Bad Movie" Classic, Ruined

PostedFebruary 19, 2012
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BoilerBroJoe
from Manhattan, NY
This review is not for "The Room" itself, which undoubtedly deserves five glowing stars. Instead this review is for the notorious "audience participatory" midnight screenings, which are arguably an entirely different experience.
You can tell that "The Room" is amazingly funny in its unintentional humor, its bad dialogue and its ridiculously poor staging/acting as you watch it on screen at your local theater. Unfortunately you won't be able to enjoy any of those things with an audience screaming over the entire movie. I went into the screening knowing about its history of audience participation - the spoon throwing, the yelling out of lines in unison - and thought, quite frankly, that it could be fun. I did have a sneaking suspicion, however, that something was amiss. Boy was I correct.
The problem with the yelling audience is not just that you can't hear any dialogue, although admittedly, if the sound had been turned up enough to drown out the majority of yells, I would have enjoyed it vastly more. The real problem here is that the already-in-on-the-joke audience essentially sucks the humor out of every moment of the movie, by spreading it bare for all to see. A true "good-bad movie" is a nuanced experience - like a fine wine with subtle, tantalizing flavors. This was beer bong; a force-feeding of watered down, flavorless alcohol, which undoubtedly is something the audience was well acquainted with.
There is no excitement at the next reveal, no ability to explore and discover the movie's badness yourself. The experience, which could have been wonderfully different for each audience member depending on their sense of humor or taste, was painfully homogenized by a public that has decided what is funny, and why, with draconian efficiency. The jokes contributed by audience members themselves are for the most part wildly unfunny and skirt dangerously close to misogynistic territory. (I am aware that those comments in particular are generally meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but the satire is quickly lost when each derogatory statement towards women is yelled exclusively by men. One wonders how much of it is mockery of the film's presumptions, and how much is glee at the opportunity to express violent language towards the fairer sex, in public and without shame)
This is not at all to say that I'm above the low-brow and potentially tasteless humor of audience involvement. I'm all for audience participation at a bad movie. A screening at a theater where a smattering of people have taken it upon themselves to insert comments can greatly enhance the experience. But here, the spontaneity and, in my opinion, the authenticity, of a real audience participation is lost. The audience members are not discovering the film's flaws together or at the same pace. There is no sense of wonder and excitement at an organic connection with your fellow members of the public. There is only oppression. A tyranny of the masses.
Watch "The Room" with a few friends in your apartment. I feel like this is how the movie was meant to be watched. Indeed, the cult phenomenon began when a young screenwriter invited a handful of his friends to an empty theater in LA where "The Room" was showing. Word of mouth spread, and then, like all things fed to the pop-culture meat grinder, the joy was killed by a relentlessly trend-obsessed consumer culture. Once you've already seen "The Room" and appreciated it fully, it's up to you whether you'd like to engage in what, at the very least, is a fascinating anthropological study of modern society. Perhaps you will find something to love in the midnight screenings. I know I didn't.
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Review 2 for (Unknown)
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3 / 5
3 / 5

An experience, not just a movie.

PostedJanuary 10, 2012
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Matysse
from New York, NY
I was lucky to already be familiar with "The Room" and all its obvious flaws and equally obvious entertainment value (Tommy Wiseau, if nothing else, is unforgettably weird and funny). This was my first time seeing it in a "midnight movie" setting at a theater in downtown Manhattan, and the audience was just so LOUD. So much cheering, chanting and howling and who knows what other noises (and so much plastic-spoon throwing that at least ten of them landed on me, so at least I got to throw a few too) that most of the dialogue is completely lost. At least this crowd shushed everybody just before an actor said a particularly memorable line such as "Anyway how is your sex life?" I find such an experience refreshing compared to the tired old tradition known as the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Still, if you were seeing this among such a crowd for the very first time, you may have trouble understanding why this became such a phenomenon. I found the experience disturbing at times, but ultimately fun and strangely educational. I'd recommend it to a friend, but only with the proper warnings.
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Review 3 for (Unknown)
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5 / 5
5 / 5

The Closest Thing To ECW since ECW

PostedJune 19, 2011
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puppetpimp
from New York, NY
I went to see The Room at a midnight showing at the Ziegfeld theatre in NYC. Tommy Wisseau was in attendance and it was shear pandemonium. If anyone out there has ever experienced that magic that was ECW back in the day, prepare to experience it again as the collective crowd chanting rude innapproriate things in unison comes back from the dead. Spoons flying endlessly through the air and raining down upon you, people chanting CANCER-CANCER-CANCER when Collette enters the scene WHAT A BLAST! See it on the big screen with a room full of lunatics for the best experience you can have.
The only negative was the terrible staff at the Ziegfeld Theatre who foolishly do not know what night a midnight showing actually falls upon. After calling and speaking to a live rep from the theatre we showed up along with 30 other people to a closed theatre. BIG THUMBS DOWN to the Ziegfeld.
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Review 4 for (Unknown)
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Worst Movie Ever

PostedJune 19, 2011
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sharrrrrrrrrrrron
from Philadelphia, PA
The worst best worst movie ever made. I think you should see it on DVD before you see it in the theater, so you know what is going on a little more. I couldn't hear most of the awful dialogue with all the yelling.
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Review 5 for (Unknown)
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5 / 5
5 / 5

everyone should enter the room at least once

PostedJune 19, 2011
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Sevasti
from Brooklyn,NY
This movie is so bad, it's good!! Characters pop up out of nowhere and then disappear from the film entirely, spoons act as the artwork in practically every scene, the music is incredibly cheesy yet awesome, and then there's the dialogue-you just have to hear it to believe it and man is it quotable. Also, everyone should experience the room in a theater because the live interactive experience is something that should not be missed. Footballs, spoons flying, and screaming lines at the screen-it's just so much fun! Enter the room, you won't regret it!
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Review 6 for (Unknown)
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Unforgettable experience!

PostedMarch 27, 2010
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CarlaDC
from Washington, DC
Go in expecting anything to happen. The fun that is seeing this movie in the theatres is something I think everyone should do at least once in their life! It gets better with each time though.
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Review 7 for (Unknown)
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Most fun I've ever had in a theater

PostedFebruary 27, 2010
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Anees
It tries to be dramatic and moving but it ends up being hilariously bad. And it's an interactive viewing, you're supposed to shout at the screen at certain points and throw plastic spoons at certain points. Not much else to say without ruining the experience.
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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