The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

DVD - 2018
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MPAA rating: R; for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity.
The true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau and a celebration of friendship and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. 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. Based on the best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy's cult-classic disasterpiece The Room.

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bdehler
Jan 23, 2020

Hard to believe it is a true story--but it is stranger than fiction. Quirky movie that slowly grows on you,,,don't give up on it.

caleherreman Aug 23, 2019

This is a fun film about chasing your dreams, and failing big time, sorta. Quite faithful to Greg Sestero's book, this is the story of the friendship between two aspiring actors, Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, and how they pushed each other to never give up. It's a weird story centered around a weird guy, but there is some real heart here, as in the book. Dave Franco as Sestero is easy to like, and it's clear to see what Sestero found interesting about Wiseau. Not unlike Tim Burton's film Ed Wood, a lot of this movie is about how a strange but determined director pulled people into his orbit, and defied the odds by making a movie that really shouldn't have been made. When Wiseau, who has a mysteriously unlimited supply of money, writes, directs, and stars in The Room, all the problems of the shoot are here, hilariously visible to everyone but Wiseau, who is concerned that people may be laughing at him, but doesn't understand why. Seth Rogen has a key role as the seasoned movie veteran who finds himself in the eye of the hurricane of Wiseau weirdness. This movie was very funny.

Chalk one up to the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction department. This is, believe it or not, a docu-drama of the weirdest variety. You'll love it, hate it, or slowly appreciate it (I was of the latter). Definitely something different for your viewing pleasure. Give it a whirl.

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ericbrown601
Jun 06, 2019

I'm not a huge fan of the Franco Brothers, Seth Rogen, and CO, but this movie took me entirely by surprise in part to the great chemistry between James Franco (as the clueless and vain Tommy Wiseau) and his real-life brother Dave Franco (as actor Greg Sestero, who played "Mark" in Wiseau's $6 million vanity project "The Room").

Seth Rogen was also great as the script supervisor who gets so mad at Wiseau for very much everything that went wrong with "The Room" that he wanted to take full responsibility and make "The Room" a better movie, but of course that never happened.

This movie is great in its own right because of its depiction of how hard it takes for an individual to achieve one's dreams. However in the case of the infamous Tommy Wiseau (if this is his actual name), he is a clear example of a desire that went wrong, but is achieved after all.

Mind you, I've never read Greg Sestero's memoir (of which this film is based off of) nor seen Wiseau's cult classic (although I may at some point), but if you are looking for something similar like "The Disaster Artist", watch "Ed Wood", a biopic about a clueless figure who was very much like Wiseau.

(In fact in some interviews, the real Tommy Wiseau wanted Johnny Depp, who played Ed Wood in the biopic about him, to play him in "The Disaster Artist", which in my opinion would have been interesting even though like James Franco, I'm not a huge fan of Johnny Depp as well.)

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carrie19761
May 27, 2019

This movie seemed like a hot mess at first , but Franco's take on Tommy Wiseau slowly grows on you and its just fun watching him interact with others , with little regard to their thoughts or feelings. Hell , it makes me want to watch "The Room" by end , so it definetly accomplished its mission. Kudos.

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In_tr_aktr1Nstpaul
May 17, 2019

It was so good to see the Franco brother's And Seth Rogen all in a film together! It was also very hard to remember that they WERE all friends and relatives - In the best way possible. Like I kept forgetting that was Dave and James Franco on screen and NOT this weirdly-accented-sometimes creepy-overly jealous-but unusually kind-hearted guy and his sidekick (aka Greg) on screen. The Franco brother's should work together more often if this is the bounty of their makings. Definitely worth watching.

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klimekk
Feb 19, 2019

If there are so many complaints about flaw of original The Room - I wonder why Disaster Artist - dully and shallow - got so many awards ?
You can easily point out how much is missing in that movie
At least in my opinion
The question if anybody, who is very sensitive (like Tommy Wiseau) can/have/should produce in Arts&Entertainment absolutely untouched

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ausnos
Feb 14, 2019

Franco makes a good Wiseau, and the real Wiseau looks (and acts) like a stoned vampire. No seriously, I thought this movie was entertaining, especially since I am a fan of Wiseau's weird 2003 movie, "The Room". I don't think that "The Disaster Artist" can be thoroughly appreciated as a standalone film. You would have to watch both movies because they complement each other well.

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1860Colt
Nov 16, 2018

Some how combines the insanity of the original film with a touching true story, along with a James Franco performance so over the top, it's priceless. If you love The Room, then you'll definitely love The Disaster Artist.

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mr_chocolate
Nov 13, 2018

I was rather pleasantly surprised and impressed by the film and James Franco's performance with this leading role as Tommy Wiseau. James Franco plays along side with his real life younger brother (Dave Franco) as they pair up to head off to LA to make it big in Hollywood.
The middle of the film drags for me, but it had enough "what the," to keep me watching, although somewhat uncomfortably, until the end.
Just before the ending credits, they show a split screen between the movie portrayal of The Room, and the real The Room. This film really nailed the life likeness of the actors/actresses and even to the set design. I had never heard of this film before, considered to be a cult-classic, because it was so bad, it was good? I have not seen the real film, although this biographical film about it, does not make me want to either!

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Apr 03, 2018

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