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A look into one of the best films to come out on June 27th, 2003.
          To analyze and theorize about the film "The Room," written, directed, starring and produced by Tommy Wiseau, you first have to understand the mind of the man himself. The issue is, there isn't really a way to understand Tommy Wiseau. He's very much an enigma, a person who shrouds himself in mystery. It's perfectly understandable, he's a person who values his privacy and that is honestly an admirable trait to have. So, how do we understand Wiseau and his vision for The Room?
         Let's start when he encountered Greg Sestero, the man who played Mark in, "The Room." In his 2013 novel, "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made," Greg went into detail about the strange, yet charismatic personality of Tommy Wiseau, discussing how he admired his boldness in being the person he is. That person is an over-the-top, eccentric European with the dream of making a movie.
         That, in the most simple of terms, is the personality of Tommy Wiseau. Now that we have the mind of Wiseau down, we can now analyze the film and try to connect it to the main points of Wiseau's personality. Let's start with the most glaring issue with the film that many have questioned: the sex scenes. Within the first thirty minutes of the film, there are three sex scenes between protagonist Johnny and his fiancee Lisa (or future wife as she is affectionately called in the film). Many have wondered why the scenes are so awkward. And I have a theory on why that is the case. But to explain my theory, we have to go into the dissatisfaction that Lisa feels towards her relationship with Johnny.
         Early into the film, Lisa expresses her disdain and dissatisfaction with Johnny, establishing her motives to leave Johnny for another man. She eventually goes to Johnny's friend, Mark, and has an affair with him that lasts throughout a good amount of the film. This subplot is my reasoning for why the sex scenes between Johnny and Lisa are so awkward: Johnny is intended to be seen as bad at sex. It would explain her dissatisfaction with Johnny, as she mainly wants a massively intimate relationship, mainly built around sex. If you watch the movie, Lisa is shown to have some sort of enjoyment during the scenes, which could cause a contradiction to my theory. But if there is one thing I know about women who are dissatisfied with sex, it is that women are good at faking it.
         So with that first theory out of the way, let's look at the next topic of theory. During the film, there is a scene between Lisa and her mother where Lisa proceeds to discuss her disdain towards Johnny. During the scene, Lisa's mother says the following line: "And I got the results back, I definitely have breast cancer." Lisa assures her mother that she will be okay and continues the discuss Johnny and wanting to leave him. This breast cancer plot point is never mentioned again after this scene. My theory on why this is never brought back up involves the scene itself. The mother is the one to change the subject away from her cancer diagnostic back to the subject of Lisa's disdain toward Johnny. The plot thread is dropped because she is not wanting to take focus away from Lisa's problem, as she is more concerned about her daughter getting married and settling down over discussing the hardships of knowing she has a form of cancer.
         My next theory involving the film revolves around the mental state of Mark throughout the film. During various moments of the film, there are glimpses of Mark having strange moments of character, like pushing a good friend of his into trash cans as a joke, or threatening the life of Johnny's therapist and brushing both of them off like they are nothing. My theory about why Mark is the way he is is because he's bipolar. Mark shows many signs of being a bipolar man, especially during the scene where he threatened Peter's life, which showed Mark hanging Peter over the roof of Johnny's apartment complex, then pull him back and act like it never happened. The only time a person like would do something is if they were bipolar.
         This last theory involves a bit more work, as it does involve the main character: Johnny. Johnny, as a character, is an over-the-top San Francisco resident who want to live a happy life with his fiancee and best friends. His character embodies the stereotype of the 1950s American. He's a man who loves football and sex. He's an average Joe. And the actor portraying him is from Eastern Europe. Johnny's character seems to be a collection of everything Wiseau sees in the standard American. So I find it strange that he would choose himself to portray Johnny. Until I realized one key thing about Wiseau's writing of Johnny: Wiseau sees himself as representing the American Dream. In the most broad sense, he probably is, considering he somehow made the money to produce, star, write and direct his own film. The way Wiseau had to fund the film, which many have theorized he sold fake leather jackets, represents the hardworking aspect of the American Dream. Johnny, as a banker, understands the hard work of a banker, but knows that it's all worth it when he is living his dream being married to Lisa. Johnny's view of his relationship with Lisa is a parallel to how Wiseau viewed his film, which is the perfect way to end off this little exploration of "The Room."
         Overall, I would say that the film is quite the masterpiece, with many underlying themes that I haven't even explored yet, like the use of spoons throughout the film, which has a very interesting meaning and the random appearance of Peter like he has always been in the movie and especially why the character Denny isn't named Danny. Thank you for reading this and have a lovely day.


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