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The Disaster Artist (spoiler)

I was looking forward to this movie, mostly because I'd never heard of the cult film, The Room, which is apparently popular midnight fare. I heard Terry Gross interview James Franco, and that heightened my interest.

Here is the spoiler: This movie is about a man with at best a severe speech impediment and at worst severe brain damage which affects his ability to speak, and as a person who works with disabled people I would say it's the latter.

This is one of the cruelest movies I've ever seen. I'm not easily offended by mocking portrayals of disabled people in movies--I thought "Tropic Thunder" was hilarious--but this movie made me *very* uncomfortable, and I considered at a couple of points walking out.

One of the "mysteries" is where Tommy Wiseau got all his money. In the first part of the movie we learn he was in a serious auto accident which was "very bad for Tommy." I think it's obvious that the money came from an insurance payout for that accident, and the payout was apparently huge--he has seemingly endless supplies of money--because the brain damage from the accident was so severe.
Multi-million dollar payouts are usually made to provide the victim with a way to support himself for the rest of his life, since the injuries are too severe for him to be able to support himself.

I'm disappointed in everyone involved with this movie, and in Terry Gross, too.
Posted by cyclonefence | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 06:45 PM (8 replies)
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