Tomorrow night, Tues 17th, we at Second City will be hosting our second cult movie night in the comfort of Nice’N’Sleazy’s basement and our main feature is, of course, none other than the Citizen Kane of bad movies - Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room”!
It’s well known that screenings of The Room are famous for their audience participation and, ever since we first announced that we would be showing the movie, people have been asking us what “rules” and “traditions” there are for watching it.
So we thought we would help you guys out and put together our very on list with suggestions for this Tuesday night. So here it is - our Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Your Way Through The Room.
We hope you enjoy it, and we hope to see you all tomorrow night!
Oh Hi, Tommy
Oh hi! If you haven’t been introduced to The Room before, you’ll soon find out that the characters for some reason feel the need to unnecessarily greet each other - by name - every single time that they see each other. This is usually done with a simple “Oh hi, (insert name here)”. Tommy Wiseau’s character alone does this an impressive 18 times in the movie. Every time somebody does this in film, feel free to take a drink. Keep an eye out for the doggie, that’s when we’ll be downing our drink!
What A Story, Mark!
There are several scenes in The Room where Tommy lets out a whimsical laugh at the most inappropriate of times (like upon hearing a story of a woman being beaten to the point of hospitalisation). These bizarre moments are definitely more than enough reason to take a drink but, if you think your liver can handle it, then you can try going one step further. Why not trying taking a drink every single time Tommy laughs in the movie? WARNING: This will be pretty much constantly throughout the entire film as Tommy likes to use deranged laughing as a prefix and a suffix for pretty much every line of dialogue “hahahahahaha”
Pillow Fights = Foreplay?
There are a lot of incredibly awful “love scenes” in The Room. Some are set to questionable R’n’B music, some involve chocolate and there’s even one that nearly involves pseudo-incest. One thing is for sure though, they’re all a little bit nasty. Different fans deal with these moments in different ways. Some people like to bring out their phones and wave them in the air like lighters, some like to shout abusive critiques at the lovers. What’s our advice for when you first see the naked flesh of Tommy Wiseau? Down your drink, go to the bar and get a few more rounds in. There’s at least another three of these things in the next 25 minutes.
Best Friends & Future Wife
To help emphasise the agonising pain that Mark and Lisa are causing with their affair, it is drilled in to us throughout the movie just how much Johnny loves them both. Mark will frequently say “Johnny is my BEST friend!” (often just before pouncing on his girlfriend) and Johnny will repeatedly refer to Lisa as his “future wife” or call himself her “future husband”. These cleverly discreet lines are enough to tug on anybody’s heart strings so every time the strong friendship between Johnny and Mark is mentioned, drown your sorrows with a drink. Any time that Lisa is refered to as Johnny’s “future wife”, have another..
There are a lot of strange things about The Room, but perhaps the strangest is the collection of framed spoon photos scattered throughout the movie. We’re not sure if anybody really understands this bizarre quirk, but its become a famous tradition for fans to try and spot these pictures and, when they do, shout the word “SPOON” before throwing a plastic spoon in the air. If you want to spoon-spot tomorrow night then we promise we will have plastic spoons waiting at the door for you, but feel free to bring your own!
Lisa’s a bitch
She just is. Feel free to shout whatever abuse at her you like.