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This month’s Book People Talk Movies theme is:
Sometimes you watch a movie and you know it’s not going to win all the awards. You know it’s gots plot holes, you know some of the acting is subpar. But you know what else?
You love it anyway.😉
Thank you so much to Lauren @ Bookmark Lit for her guest post today!! Read on to find out why bad movies are totally her jam, and which two she thinks you need in your life ASAP!
When I saw that Lindsey was putting together a post for August’s theme – It’s So Bad It’s Good – I knew I needed to jump on that train as soon as humanly possible. Bad movies are my FAVORITE THING. My boyfriend and I are addicted to watching bad movies, making fun of them a little bit, and also enjoying them at the same time. In a recent blog post including facts about me, I said:
I definitely love movies in general, but there’s just something about bad movies that draws us in. As I recently talked about, we love seeing the movie then listening to the podcast How Did This Get Made? It’s so fun to make fun of bad movies and seriously wonder: how the hell did this movie get made?? It all started with The Room, the greatest bad movie of ALL TIME. One of my favorite movies that isn’t really bad but is kind of bad is Wet Hot American Summer. It’s an inside joke with all my friends and such a perfect movie. It has countless famous comedians and actors/actresses in it. It’s ridiculous and hilarious, but you have to have a very specific sense of humor to like it.
As you can probably guess, I’m here to talk about both of these ~bad movies~ and why they’re my favorite. The first one is a legitimately BAD movie and the second one is not really bad, but kind of. It’s hard to explain but it’s the absolute best.
Details: Released in 2003. From IMDB: “Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.”
Why I love it: If you’re curious about my full experience with this movie, a midnight showing, and the amazing book about it, you check my blog here. I barely can scratch the surface about this movie and it’s insane creator, Tommy Wiseau, but I will cover the basics here.
Tommy is a random movie producer and actor who did pretty much everything on this movie from start to finish. He is mysterious about where he got his money, where he’s originally from (he has an unidentifiable accent), and how this movie even came to be. The acting is terrible, the story makes no sense and is all over the place, the soundtrack is creepy, and the ending is… bizarre. Really the whole thing is bizarre. There’s no other movie like it on earth.
Basically, as you see above, Johnny is engaged to Lisa, who suddenly stops loving him and cheats on him with his best friend. The movie involves creepy neighbors and drug deals gone bad, lots of tossing a football around, lies about pregnancy, a birthday party, breast cancer subplots that appear then disappear… ALL of these things are introduced and never really resolved.
Favorite moment: It’s pretty impossible to pick a favorite moment, but I think the scene on the rooftop (the following GIF) is one of my very favorites. I mean, honestly, look at all of these scenes (above and below) and please judge them for the TERRIBLE dialogue and nonsense. Lisa accuses Johnny of hitting her, which didn’t happen, so this is his reaction. He’s incredibly pissed and then suddenly acts super normal when he sees his friend Mark on the roof. This is a pretty typical scene in the movie, especially with the “Oh hi Mark.” They use that way of greeting someone about a million times.
Fun fact: This movie has a super huge cult following and there are often midnight showings in major cities. I went to one and met Tommy, which was an amazing experience to say the least. (You can see that on the right.) There are countless INSANE facts about Tommy and working on The Room that I can’t even begin right now.
Want more? You can see a compilation of some of the craziest moments from the movie here. Obviously there are some major spoilers because it goes through the whole movie. If you’re not the kind of person who would actually WATCH this film, I highly recommend watching that clip to get an idea. Tommy also did a Reddit AMA where his answers were absolute insanity, so check here for that if you’re curious about his bizarre life. And finally, there is a book written by one of the main actors, Greg Sestero, called The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. He talks about his career and his life on the set of the movie. I loved every single minute of that book. (The audiobook is AMAZING because Greg reads it himself and has an amazing Tommy impression!)
Wet Hot American Summer
Details: Released in 2001. From IMDB: “Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.”
Why I love it: First of all, let me just name a few of the actors in this movie, before they hit their stride in their careers and look like young little baby faces: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Joe Lo Truglio, Jon Hamm, and Elizabeth Banks. I MEAN COME ON. Tell me you don’t want to see that movie right freakin now.
Obviously the biggest selling point for this movie is that it contains countless comedians, actors, and actresses that you will love watching. There’s just something about this movie that makes me laugh uncontrollably and quote it uncontrollably. The plot is ridiculous because, as I say below, the whole movie happens in one day of camp – the last day. Everyone is trying to squeeze in summer romances and prepare for the end-of-camp talent show.
Paul Rudd makes the most ridiculous faces in this movie and it’s amazing. Here’s some evidence of his perfection:
The entire movie is ridiculous though – if I had to describe it in one word. The conversations are always all over the place and it tackles so many things. I’ve made so many people in my life watch this movie and they’ve all loved it. I think it’s definitely more accessible than The Room because it is TRYING to be “bad.” It’s silly and campy and crazy on purpose. And, of course, all of those famous actors don’t hurt!
Favorite moment: My favorite set of scenes is when they go into town for a few hours. The thing you have to keep reminding yourself is that all of this happens in ONE DAY of camp. The stuff they do in town is just unreal and so exaggerated, given the timeline of the story. There are so many funny scenes and quotable moments that I will never stop annoying people with. This is one of the best because it makes no sense whatsoever:
Fun fact: There’s a follow-up TV show where most of the original actors return and reprise their roles! It takes you back to the first day of camp and goes through the whole summer. Honestly, I haven’t finished the show yet because I don’t want it to end. It doesn’t have the same magic as the original but it’s worth the watch! It’s on Netflix for you to watch after the movie. (That’s on Netflix too!)
Clearly bad movies are my favorite. I love when plotlines don’t go anywhere and conversations are so ridiculous that you just need to find a way to quote them in real life. I wish I had a dollar for every time a line from one of these movies was referenced in my group of friends.
If you’re genuinely interested in exploring these ones, I’d recommend starting with Wet Hot American Summer. The familiar faces will be a treat even if you don’t like the movie itself. It’s more accessible because while it’s ridiculous, it’s being done that way on purpose. Most people can easily wrap their brain around it; it’s just fun and campy (literally!). I only recommend The Room if you do some research ahead of time and understand just how bizarre Tommy Wiseau is before embarking on it. Having some of the background on the situation makes the movie SO much more interesting and fascinating. THEN read that book because it’s amazing.
That’s it for me! Thanks for having me again Lindsey. If anyone has questions or has seen either of these, leave a comment and I’ll come chat!!
Thanks for sharing these movies with us, Lauren! I’ve never heard of The Room before, but I’m not gonna lie – you’ve got me MAJORLY intrigued! And I can’t wait to check out the other movie when I need a laugh in my life Has anybody else seen these movies?