I loved it!
And not because I believe Wiseau was trying to make a black comedy, as he now claims. Something that is supposed to be bad. But because I think it's obvious that he was trying to do the exact opposite. It really looks like he was trying to make an earnest romance/drama. Even though he had no experience with film-making whatsoever. That's obvious to anyone who watches the film. But it certainly looks like he was trying his best. So the truly awful final product makes it even more tragic/wonderful.
You have to see this film. It's...beyond comprehension.
The plot, what little plot there is, revolves around a sordid love triangle between Johnny, his future wife* Lisa and his best friend Mark. Lisa has (maybe?) fallen out of love with Johnny and has seduced the morally ambivalent Mark. She might now be in love with Mark, but it's hard to tell. Because the most oft-repeated line of the movie is "I don't want to talk about it". Lots of hemming and hawing and back and forth as Lisa plies her moves on both of her dim-witted suitors.
*The word "fiancee" is never used in the film. Just "future wife" or "future husband", both of which are used over a dozen times. So freaking odd.
Along the way there are sub-plots that are introduced and dropped at super-sonic speed. Like Lisa's mother's cancer. Or the neighbor kid Denny and the money he owes to drug dealers. Or the football game that breaks out between the fellas in an alley while they are all wearing tuxedos. That one is never explained at all. Neither is the title of the film, by the way. In interviews, Wiseau claims that he named it The Room to emphasize a safe place that everyone has. Something as simple as a room. I dunno how that fits into non-existent plot of the film, but that's his semi-explanation.
But really the plot is mainly used as connective tissues between the dozen or so sex scenes that Wiseau builds the film around. Five minutes into the film we are treated to the soft-core sexual stylings of Wiseau and Juliette Danielle, the young lady who stepped off a bus (literally) and into Wiseau's film. We are subjected to seeing Wiseau's horrific body over and over and over again. I mean, I guess he's in shape. But between his awful hair, awful accent (see below), awful acting and awful musculature...I dunno. It's as if an ape was shaved and taught (barely) how to speak. At some point, seeing that shaved ape run around naked would get, um, kinda creepy. Put some pants on, Kong. That's how it felt to see Tommy Wiseau constantly naked.
Wiseau himself is a bit of a mystery. He claims to be an American, born in New Orleans. But his accent is clearly French...or Eastern European...or, damn. Ok, his accent isn't "clearly" anything. But it's definitely thick. He claims to have come up with the $6 million it cost to make The Room by importing and selling leather coats from Korea. He refuses to elaborate any further on which Korea he means, but this film has all the markings of something that Kim Jong-il might be involved with.
Do yourself a favor. Get a copy of The Room, get some friends together, serve some cocktails and enjoy the ride. There's a reason why it's become a cult classic among a crowd much hipper than myself. Yet I'm just hip enough to recognize genius or total lack thereof when I see it. Lack thereof, thy name is Tommy Wiseau.