Until January 20
14A, coarse language, nudity, sexual content
Dir: James Franco, US, 104 min. James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie.
Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture (Comedy) and winner for Best Actor
“The infamous 2003 debacle known as The Room, written by, directed by and starring Tommy Wiseau, wasn’t just inept. It was so off-the-charts lousy, so insanely terrible, so ludicrously jumbled, it has crossed over into cult status, complete with midnight screenings… The Disaster Artist is a breezy, entertaining and even affectionate movie about the making of The Room. Franco directs and stars in this adaptation of the book by Greg Sestero (played by Franco’s brother Dave), who at the time was an aspiring actor. Greg and Tommy meet in an acting class in San Franciso. Their world-weary teacher is suitably mortified when Tommy wails ‘STELLA!’ over and over again as a way of demonstrating his ‘talent.’… Nevertheless, Greg is drawn in by this mysterious, longhaired, imposing presence… The pair head to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams of becoming Hollywood famous… Everything about Tommy is shady. Shady shady shady. How old is he, really? (He claims to be in his late teens when he’s obviously at least twice that age. At best) Where was he born? (He says he’s from New Orleans, even though he sounds more like one of the ‘wild and crazy guys’ from the old SNL bit.) Where does the money come from when Tommy starts talking about making his own movie, and eventually raises some $6 million? Greg doesn’t care, at least not at first. Tommy is making a MOVIE—a real movie—and Greg is going to have a substantial role in said movie. Franco peppers the movie with often-hilarious extended cameos by Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Hannibal Buress, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Bryan Cranston, among others. Everyone gets into the spirit of The Disaster Artist, which isn’t about mocking the delusional and borderline pathetic Tommy Wiseau, but in celebrating his horribly misguided but seemingly sincere burning passion to make a movie… Franco reminds us he’s a genuine talent behind and in front of the camera.”—Richard Roeper, The Chicago Sun-Times. “In the end, The Disaster Artist decides that the only bad movies are the ones that fail to bring us joy. The Room certainly can’t be accused of that.”—Rafer Guzmán, Newsday