A review by Shlomoh Sherman
January 24, 2018
Disaster Artist (2017)
Director: James Franco
Writers: Scott Neustadter (screenplay by), Michael H. Weber (screenplay by)
Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor
Plot Synopsis: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Plot Keywords: friendship - acting - bromance - behind the scenes
Genres: Biography - Comedy - Drama
Motion Picture Rating: (MPAA) Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity Parents Guide: View content advisory - SEE BELOW
Morals: One of the morals of the movie is that accomplishing your dream is far from easy.
Release Date: December 8, 2017 (USA)
Also Known As: The Masterpiece
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $1,211,345, December 3, 2017, Limited Release
Gross USA: $20,747,937, January 22, 2018
Production Co: Good Universe, New Line Cinema, Point Grey Pictures
Runtime: 104 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital - Dolby Atmos - IMAX 6-Track
Nominated for 1 Oscar; another 20 wins and 54 nominations.
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I first heard about this movie when James Franco brought Tommy Wiseau on Howard Stern's show. At the time, I had never heard of the movie, THE ROOM, although my daughter tells me it's a cult classic much like ROCKY HORROR SHOW. I found Howard's interview with Franco and Wiseau interesting but from the description of the movie theme, I wasn't particularly turn on to see it. When my daughter spoke to me about it, I decided to see DISASTER ARTIST to see what film buffs were raving about.
Briefly this true story is about the meeting and subsequent friendship between two aspiring actors, Greg Sestero and the unconventional, odd, bizarre, outlandish and eccentric Tommy Wiseau.
Tommy convinces Greg that the only way to achieve success as actors is to move to Los Angeles where all the cinema action is happening. Alas, try as they may to break into movies, auditioning for roles, Hollywood rejects them.
Finally, pissed off at casting agents and directors, Tommy tells Greg that he will write, direct, produce and star in their own movie. The movie is THE ROOM, which has attained cult status as the "CITIZEN KANE of bad movies". Thanks to rorybobglynn's review for the use of that last phrase. [http://www.imdb.com/search/title?plot_author=rorybobglynn&view=simple&sort=alpha&ref_=tt_stry_pl]
Greg, relieved that he does not have to return to his parent's home in San Francisco as a failure, encourages Tommy, and when the script is finished, Greg is ecstatic.
Not only does Tommy write the script but he actually buys a studio location, including its cameras and all other film-making equipment. Now they are ready to audition actors and hire technical staff.
As the THE ROOM is being filmed, the audience becomes increasingly amazed, not only at the banality and outrageousness of the story line but at the willingness of the cast and crew to abide the condescending and abusive manner in which they are treated by Tommy.
I am a fan of James Franco and looked forward to seeing this movie. I must say that during the early part of the film, I was intrigued by the character of Wiseau as portrayed by Franco. It took me a few minutes to realize that it was Franco who was playing the part. Wiseau's personality is so outre. I have never seen Franco playing such a character. Tommy is weird looking and has an accent of indeterminate origin and his public behavior so unacceptable, that Franco's acting the part took me aback.
Throughout the film, people constantly ask Tommy how old he is, where he comes from originally, and where the money comes from to produce the film. He never divulges any of this so the audience finishes watching the movie without knowing the answers to these questions.
But not until the middle of the film, describing the shoot of THE ROOM, does DISASTER ARTIST rise to its peak of hilarity. Scene after scene, showing the story of THE ROOM and Tommy's bizarre behavior as the lead actor and director, got to me. For practically the rest of the film, I burst out with fits of uncontrollable laughter. It was a bummer that there was no one else with me to enjoy this utter ridiculous yet fascinating movie.
This is part of Jared Curtis' December 8, 2017 review:
AN INCREDIBLE REAL HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
If you see the movie, please don't leave the theater till the last frame is shown. There are surprises during and after ALL the credits roll.
KUDOS to Dave Franco as Greg Sestero, James' younger brother who receives top billing
Did You Know?
Sandy Schklair: Why is he having sex with her bellybutton? He knows where her vagina is, right?
Sandy Schklair: Ready, and, Action!
Greg Sestero: You are a fucking villain, you fucking Frankenstein-looking motherfucker!
Tommy Wiseau: Los Angeles, everybody want to be star. All the pretty boys. They're lining up for the big shot.
Greg Sestero: I wish we could just make our own movie.
Greg Sestero: It's Bryan fucking Cranston!
PARENTS GUIDE FOR DISASTER ARTIST (2017)
Motion Picture Rating: (MPAA) Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity
SEX AND NUDITY
VIOLENCE AND GORE
ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND SMOKING
FRIGHTENING AND INTENSE SCENES
2018 Oscars acting nominations slugfest: Did the #MeToo movement stop James Franco (‘The Disaster Artist’) for Best Actor?
Fuck the MeToo movement: YAY Al Franken, YAY Louis CK, YAY James Franco
Other reviews of Disaster Artist: - On the Internet Movie Data Base
Read about Disaster Artist On the Internet Movie Data Base
Read my review of THE ROOM HERE
Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Franco ... Greg / 'Mark'
James Franco ... Tommy / 'Johnny'
Seth Rogen ... Sandy
Ari Graynor ... Juliette / 'Lisa'
Alison Brie ... Amber
Jacki Weaver ... Carolyn / 'Claudette'
Paul Scheer ... Raphael
Zac Efron ... Dan / 'Chris-R'
Josh Hutcherson ... Philip / 'Denny'
June Diane Raphael ... Robyn / 'Michelle'
Megan Mullally ... Mrs. Sestero
Jason Mantzoukas ... Peter
Andrew Santino ... Scott Holmes / 'Mike'
Nathan Fielder ... Kyle Vogt / 'Peter'
Joe Mande ... Todd
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