The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

James Franco (2017)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This bromantic comedy takes an affectionate and eccentric look at the making of cult catastrophe The Room, a film so staggeringly terrible it became a phenomenon. Directed by and starring James Franco as ostentatious enigma Tommy Wiseau, it co-stars Franco's brother Dave as Greg Sestero, a fledgling actor whom Wiseau whisks off to Los Angeles after the pair meet at acting class. Tommy's unwarranted confidence is perversely inspiring and the duo's budding friendship is depicted with real warmth before the production of Wiseau's pet project causes reality to bite. Based on Sestero's memoir, The Disaster Artist is sympathetic to Wiseau and frank about his demons. James Franco launches himself at the once-in-a-lifetime role with uncanny, often hysterical results, while Seth Rogen counters expertly as The Room's incredulous script supervisor. The side-by-side comparisons at the close are unnecessary and, combined with an abundance of celebrity cameos, tip proceedings towards the smug. Nevertheless, this largely triumphant laugh-fest has the pathos and amiability to feel like a celebration, rather than castigation, of a truly "singular" filmmaker.

Summary

Biographical comedy-drama about film-maker Tommy Wiseau and the making of his cult movie, The Room. Directed by and starring James Franco, with Dave Franco, Seth Rogen and Alison Brie.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Wiseau James Franco
Greg Sestero Dave Franco
Sandy Schklair Seth Rogen
Amber Alison Brie
Juliette Danielle Ari Graynor
Carolyn Minnott Jacki Weaver
Philip Haldiman Josh Hutcherson
Dan Janjigian Zac Efron
Bryan Cranston Bryan Cranston
Iris Burton Sharon Stone
Jean Shelton Melanie Griffith
Peter Jason Mantzoukas
Stanislavsky teacher Bob Odenkirk
Kevin Smith Kevin Smith (2)
Kristen Bell Kristen Bell
Adam Scott Adam Scott
Lizzy Caplan Lizzy Caplan
JJ Abrams J J Abrams
Zach Braff Zach Braff
Henry Tommy Wiseau
Bobbi Zoey Deutch
Kate Upton Kate Upton
Mrs Sestero Megan Mullally
Dylan Minnette Dylan Minnette
Sid Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Hollywood producer Judd Apatow
Nate Jason Mitchell
Director James Franco
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Dec 2017
Drama Comedy