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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie obviously disapproves of Lisa's cheating on Johnny; most troubling is Johnny's fatal reaction to it. The message, if any, is that poor Johnny deserves better.
Positive Role Models
Johnny is described as kind, hardworking, enlightened, financially successful -- practically a perfect package (except for a weakness for alcohol when things don't go well). Yet betrayal still brings his life crashing down in the end (though bad acting does it from the beginning).
Violence & Scariness
A fistfight. A climactic suicide via gun that shows spilled blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some bare breasts and buns in lyrical, soft-focus sex scenes "enhance" the infidelity subplot.
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The f-word and s-word in emotional moments.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and a bad bout of drunkenness on behalf of one character. Talk of illegal drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this notorious midnight-movie sensation, though not gory or pornographic like some other "cult" pictures, has extramarital sex scenes showing plenty of bare skin. Characters swear and get drunk under extreme duress. Sexual infidelity is key to the story, and the plot, if it can be taken seriously, ends with a blameless character committing suicide, essentially "getting even" with people whose treacheries hurt him. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unlike most Ed Wood-esque movies, THE ROOM isn't a creature feature or backyard filmmakers trying to be Quentin Tarentino; it's sincerely attempting Great Drama. Younger viewers might just get bored with The Room and its talky psychodynamics and wonder what the appeal is. Certainly while watched at home, and not in a raucous movie-theater audience (where avid Room-mates would dress up like the characters and throw plastic forks), the saga of relationships/acting gone wrong just isn't as fun.
By now every movie fan knows -- and many love -- Ed Wood, the bizarre actor-writer-director who, in his 1950s heyday, concocted inept little horror films, crime dramas, and exploitation movies that later audiences found hilarious because they were so awful. THE ROOM had many "admirers'" calling it a modern Ed Wood flick -- the mystifying way actors clumsily enter and exit, laughable love songs during bedroom scenes, the self-cast star Tommy Wiseau, with his odd foreign accent and Conan the Barbarian hairstyle.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.