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The Disaster Artist

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Loving, funny portrait of infamous filmmaker; sex, language.

Movie R 2017 103 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

A phenomenal achievement in emulating awkwardness

The Disaster Artist covers the production of one of the worst multi-million dollar movies ever made: "The Room." As seemingly unlikely to be made as The Room itself... About a movie funded by the mysterious alien-like Tommy Wiseau, the Franco brothers both provide a wonderfully unique performance in what was probably one of the hardest (or at least outlandish) role for Dave Franco. While nobody can really emulate Wiseau except for Wiseau, Dave's effort is about as close as it gets. If you can't manage to bear even attempting to watch The Room like myself, then this movie will provide you all you need to know in an entertaining and bearable cringe-inducing ride... That at the same time manages to be respectful towards its source material and even Wiseau to an extent.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist is an excellent film about the making of one of the worst films of all time, The Room. James Franco gives a superb performance as Tommy Wiseau here, as does his brother who play his best friend, Greg. This is not your usual Seth Rogen co-produced movie. There's much less crude content here than in his other R-rated comedies. In fact, there's positive messages about perseverance and pursuing your dreams no matter what people say about you. There's also a message about pride leading to a downfall. That said, the coarse language is still pervasive. (68 f-words, 14 of them are said in 1 scene where Zac Efron's character prepares and acts for a role, and 8 of them in another scene) We also see how one of the sex scenes in The Room was prepared, and we briefly see Tommy's covered up penis, as well as his buttocks. The scene is later (briefly) shown in a screening of The Room. All in all, this film is worth a watch for teens aged 15 and up who are able to tolerate the coarse language.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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Taking a cue from Ed Wood, this loving portrait of a terrible filmmaker could have indulged in ridicule, but instead it's about passion and dedication. And it boasts a powerhouse lead performance by James Franco. Also produced and directed by Franco, The Disaster Artist feels like a perfect fit for this hyper-prolific jack-of-all-trades; he must understand more than most the drive to create and the pleasure/pain of the creation's ultimate completion and exhibition. (The real Wiseau has a cameo in the movie, indicating that he must have approved.)

Without ever inventing any kind of backstory for Wiseau -- and never solving the triple mystery of his birthplace, his age, and his financial situation -- the movie gives us a fascinating, dynamic character who, miraculously, never outstays his welcome. As Greg, Dave Franco (James' real-life brother) has the much harder job, driving the plot forward, convincingly being Tommy's friend, and showing what it was like to also be in his shadow. He does all this admirably. Packed with fascinating, so-odd-they-must-be-true details, The Disaster Artist is consistently funny and touching, and, like The Room itself, enjoyable in its own weird way.

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