We're all familiar with the concept of a 'guilty pleasure' but The Room takes it to a whole new level.
The kind of film that you'll be able to watch over and over again, but for very different reasons than replaying your copy of Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Room depicts the heroic tale of Johnny, a frustrated banker, and the struggles he faces when he faces a troubled relationship, Lisa, who's been cheating on him with his best friend Mark. It's a simple story, one that can either be fleshed out through astute character studies or a riveting screenplay.
Tommy Wiseau, director, writer, (rumoured) financier and star of the 2003 film, manages to fit the storyline into an entire 99-minute film filled with head-scratching subplots — which barely connect to form a coherent story — along with horrible acting, a cheesy soundtrack and amateurish editing.
It's also one of the greatest cinematic experiences you'll ever have.
The film has earned itself a cult status and for good reason. The trailer gives a good idea about what you can expect from the movie but trust us, there's much more to see. It has received further notoriety after co-star Greg Sustero wrote a tell-all book titled The Disaster Artist, exposing the film to an even bigger crowd and earning fans in Seth Rogen and James Franco, who are adapting it into their own film about Sustero's relationship with the peculiar Wiseau, along with the difficulties they faced when making The Room.
Tommy's character exists in a world with baffling sociopaths, meddling friends, backdoor football sessions in tuxedos, citizen arrests and Denny. Stupid creepy drug-addict teen Denny.
The film currently screens around the world like any great camp classic, where audiences are encouraged to dress up like the characters and constantly engage during the screening by quoting memorable lines, making comments especially during uncomfortable sex scenes — so much more.
Fortunately, local indie cinema The Projector will be hosting its Singapore premiere on July 25. Tickets are limited but you wouldn't want to miss out on what could be the start of something beautiful here.