Tommy Wiseau‘s terrible cult classic The Room is basically our generation’s Rocky Horror, but without the music or Tim Curry. Kids get dressed up to go to midnight screenings, shouting their favorite phrases at the screen like “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” And Wisseau has achieved his own modicum of ironic fame, and was featured on Tim & Eric (who did much to propel The Room into mainstream comedy culture) with a new movie in the works as well. So why is an old review of The Room being yanked from the Internet?
I first saw this on a SomethingAwful thread: A forum user wrote about an Internet vlogger calling himself The Nostalgia Critic, who has found himself on the wrong side of copyright laws. Or so Tommy’s people told him when they asked him to remove his year old video review. Why? As the SA user wrote:
NC’s reviews are often 30 minutes long, and have tons of footage from the movies he’s reviewing. They’re practically an edited rifftrax of the whole movie. The entire plot is revealed, the most significant scenes are shown, and, after you’ve seen it, there’s pretty much no point in watching the movie.
Even worse, the review may be funnier than the movie itself, which would tear down this gentle fabric of ironic distance that hipsters like to drape themselves in when “loving” something that is objectively terrible.
Tell me, would you rather watch a 30 minute edit of “The Room” where some funny nerd makes fun of it? Or the whole long boring thing. I would pick the first option (haven’t seen the room, but from the clips I saw, it looks painful to watch).
Luckily, if you still want to watch a guy make fun of your beloved shitty film, the review is still up on YouTube. Go watch it before it’s taken down!