This is not a joke. This is a masterpiece. The passion and raw energy flowing through this film is palpable, and Wiseau really put in an effort here. Too bad he's an awful director. But if we are going by entertainment value, it doesn't get better than this, a film that is endlessly rewatchable and hilariously funny. It tries so hard to be serious, but it is awful, but in the best way. 10/10 would watch again.
It's one thing to see clips and fragments of this film; but you really have to see it unedited, beginning to end, to truly appreciate how gloriously awful it is. Everything said about it is true: the bizarre dialogue, the nonsensical narrative, those awkward sex scenes, the weak acting (Wiseau's performance is the worst I have ever seen, no contest), and so on. But, what's also true is that it's a blast to watch!
I view everything in this film as intentional. It's a near masterpiece - a bad-film parody (akin to Anna Biller's Viva) that sets up Wiseau as one of the greatest performance artists of our time. I'm not even sure if I'm joking. Apart from some boring scenes (true b-movie emulation?), it's all comedy gold from the (genius) slow jam rnb sex scenes to Wiseau's nonchalant slumping, jarring music edits and me underwears.
[PT] Vi isto pela primeira vez num cinema - Nimas - e foi das melhores experiências que passei numa sala do género. Não só os objectos culturais bons, excelentes, merecem admiração. Também os maus, os péssimos, merecem carinho e que se olhe para eles. THE ROOM é a prova que se pode tirar proveito (e muito) de algo que correu extremamente mal (ou bem, veja-se o sucesso tardio). PS: Tentem sempre ver isto em grupo.