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Famously bad film likely to draw cult crowd

Famously bad film likely to draw cult crowd

Entertainment Weekly once described Tommy Wiseau’s film “The Room” as the “Citizen Kane of bad movie
Famously bad film likely to draw cult crowd
Tommy Wiseau as Johnny (left) contemplates the meaning of life and football with his friend Mark (Greg Sestero) in this photo from 'The Room,' the cult film that will be shown Friday at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady.

It’s some insult. Entertainment Weekly once described Tommy Wiseau’s film “The Room” as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.”

At least it’s better than “Watching this film is like being stabbed in the head,” which is how one earlier review described the movie.

But sing no sad songs for Wiseau, nor his cinematic baby. People are still shelling out dollars to see the rambling 2003 cult movie that is basically a romantic drama — packed with idiotic scenes and dialogue that doesn’t make sense.

“The Room” comes to the GE Theatre at Proctors on Friday, presented by the It Came from Schenectady film festival people. The critics’ masterpiece of bad acting and worse direction begins at 7 p.m.

Dressing for show

As with its cult cousin, 1975’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” people show up for screenings dressed as their favorite characters from the film — among them Johnny, played by director Wiseau himself, his scheming “future wife” Lisa and Johnny’s pal Mark.

‘The Room’

WHERE: GE Theatre at Proctors

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

HOW MUCH: $9 adults, $6 students

MORE INFO: 346-6204, www.proctors.org

At one point in the movie, audience members throw plastic spoons at the screen. It’s a way to critique one of Wiseau’s artistic decisions for “The Room” — the inclusion of a framed photo of a spoon on a living room table.

Fans in the know also toss footballs to each other from small distances, a riff on one of Wiseau’s brainstorms to have characters dressed in tuxedos throwing around a football outside Johnny’s apartment.

There are mistakes all over the place. Here are a few mentioned on the Internet Movie Database:

-- All of the living room furniture in Johnny and Lisa’s apartment is positioned in such a way that obscures the view of the TV.

-- Mark asks Lisa what’s going on with the candles and the music in a room — neither music nor candles are present.

-- During a climactic scene, a character approaches Johnny and screams “Tommy!” instead of “Johnny!”

-- Lisa orders a pizza that is “half Canadian bacon with pineapple, half artichoke with pesto, and light on the cheese.” The half-eaten pizza seen later is a plain cheese pizza.

The dialogue will bring tears to your eyes:

Mark: “So can I come in tomorrow, like late afternoon?”

Johnny: “Absolutely. 8:00?”

Mark: “Great!”

Inside story

For people who don’t know the story — and there are probably a lot of them — San Francisco banker Johnny lives with Lisa. Johnny can provide financial stability, but Lisa needs a man who can really make her happy. She begins an affair with Johnny’s best friend Mark. Suspicions arise. Loyalties are tested.

Wiseau is making some cash from “The Room.” The movie has inspired a video game — also called “The Room” — and a book titled “The Disaster Artist.”

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at [email protected] or @jeffwilkin1 on Twitter.

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