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The Disaster Artist

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2017
  • James Franco
  • 103 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Tommy WiseauJames Franco
Greg SesteroDave Franco
Sandy SchklairSeth Rogen
AmberAlison Brie
Juliette DanielleAri Graynor
Carolyn MinnottJacki Weaver
Philip HaldimanJosh Hutcherson
Dan JanjigianZac Efron
Bryan CranstonBryan Cranston
Iris BurtonSharon Stone
Jean SheltonMelanie Griffith
PeterJason Mantzoukas
Stanislavsky teacherBob Odenkirk
Kevin SmithKevin Smith (2)
Kristen BellKristen Bell
Adam ScottAdam Scott
Lizzy CaplanLizzy Caplan
JJ AbramsJ J Abrams
Zach BraffZach Braff
HenryTommy Wiseau
BobbiZoey Deutch
Kate UptonKate Upton
Mrs SesteroMegan Mullally
Dylan MinnetteDylan Minnette
SidChristopher Mintz-Plasse
Hollywood producerJudd Apatow
NateJason Mitchell

Crew

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DirectorJames Franco

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2017-12-06
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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