An American black comedy about love and passion, betrayal and lies. It depicts the depths of friendship and relationships in one’s life and raises life’s real and most asked question: “Can you ever really trust anyone?”
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It might be a shitty movie but it does have its moments and there are some brilliance in it whether it was intended or not. I also feel like there is a three hour director's cut here because there are a lot of subplots that are never addressed. I feel like you could make this film good but then nobody would probably fuck with it because everyone loves a trainwreck and they cling to the novelty of it all.
There's a certain earnestness in the filmmaking that makes this awful film so watchable that its become the closest thing to a cult classic released over the last 20 years or so. Wieseau's performance gives new meaning to delusional and his scriptwriting is equally awful. But somehow like many others before me I can imagine watching this again just to relish in its earnest ineptness.
Hard to review this film: do you give it 1 star or 5? What is the litmus for hierarchies of taste? High brow, mid brow, low brow? Cult cinema? Postmodern reappropriation? The 'so bad it's good' phenomena (aka. Plan 9 From Outer Space, Sharknado...The Happening) makes the critical lens of spectatorship seem arbitrary. Suddenly, it's not what you watch, it becomes about how you watch a film and in what context.
On one side of the door, fresh air; on the other, cake. Upstairs, sex lumbers and groans. On the stairs?
Much the same, lover ... boy. We know as well as Wiseau: this world was never meant for one as beautiful as Johnny, whose tragically implicit dependence on steroids, benzos and novocaine (not to mention his beloved security football) blinds him to the folly of playing catch with "friends" standing three feet away.
Obvs fun, weird and dumb-as-fuck but kinda obvious when compared to other cult classics. White frat boys eat this shit up cause it makes them feel intelligent and savvy, "omg bro this is SO bad HAHAHA holy shit man this makes no sense". Duh dude, relax your flaps. But its just a particularly odd vanity project gone viral. Its cute and all but there's better and weirder 'bad cinema' out there to be discovered.
Absolutely awful/brilliant! It's terrible in such an inventive way that it deserves some kind of masterpiece status. Although I think it could have done with some more long, boring sex montages as there were only THREE in the first THIRTY MINUTES! Unbelievable!
Daedelus: She absolutely does.
I loved this movie. Of course, for it's awfulness. However, I couldn't help but give it a full 5 stars as I have watched it 4 times in the past 5 days. So many hilarious quotes! "That's the idea!"
Just as abysmally incompetent and horrendously bad as its reputation, but not quite as entertaining. Horrible acting, worse writing, and soft-core porn productional values makes for many hilarious moments, but it fails to develop the energy that keeps you watching through to the end, it's really a chore to sit through. A disappointment, but maybe the experience would be different if I had watched it with an audience.