Do you remember how much fun it was to go the theater at midnight to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Our blog Editor (Sam Phillips) recently turned me on to perhaps an even superior midnight classic! It just happens to be the 12th anniversary of this now-legendary film, which premiered on June 27, 2003. It is arguably the Director’s and Lead Actor’s (Tommy Wiseau) masterpiece. On June 13, 2015, to celebrate this quirky and at-times hilarious tour de force, it was shown at Laemmele’s Playhouse in Pasadena, with Tommy doing a Q&A afterwards. This film has so many levels, it boggles the mind, although its main themes are trust, friendship, and football. Taking place in the “City by the Bay,” when the film has shots of the bay, the audience shouts out “Water!” When it has city shots of San Francisco, the audience shouts out “San Francisco!” When Johnny and his friends are throwing a football around, (for reasons so complex I can’t elaborate here) the audience throws footballs around!
Johnny (Wiseau) and Lisa (Juliette Danielle) are engaged and have been living together for years. Johnny is head-over-heels in love with Lisa and gives her everything she wants, but Lisa is ambivalent and wonders whether she even loves Johnny anymore (although she doesn’t share her mixed feelings with Johnny). Lisa is attracted to Johnny’s very handsome best friend, Mark (Greg Sestero), and seduces him. (The movie has a few very erotic scenes, so try to be with someone you love when you see it.) Lisa’s mother attempts to give her some practical guidance, but all to no avail.
How will this love triangle play out? Can Johnny’s true love conquer all?
Breaking all the standard conventions of acting, dialogue and plot, this movie must be seen with an enthusiastic audience to be properly experienced!
The film is so unique and extraordinary that it transcends categorization and, consequently, my rating system. Unfortunately, the blog demands that I give it a rating, so take my rating with a grain of salt.