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The Room (2003)
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"I did not hit her. It's not true. It's bullsh*t! I did not hit her! I did not!... oh hi, Mark." -Johnny
Genre: Drama
Romance
Directed By: Tommy Wiseau
Produced By: Tommy Wiseau
Written By: Tommy Wiseau
Starring: Tommy Wiseau
Juliette Danielle
Greg Sestero
Philip Haldiman
Cinematography: Todd Barron
Distributed By: Chloe Productions
TPW Films
Release Date: June 27, 2003
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $6 million
Box Office: $1,800


The Room is a 2003 independent romantic drama directed, produced and written by Tommy Wiseau, who also stars as the main character, Johnny. Wiseau claimed that the flaws were intentional and the movie was a black comedy but fans knew it was a poorly-made drama, which was actually confirmed by the cast and crew members. It is often described as "so bad, it's good" and sometimes the "best worst movie of all time".

Plot

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Why It Sucks

  1. The film has multiple subplots that are left completely unresolved by the end, such as Denny's drug problem and Claudette's breast cancer.
  2. There are numerous continuity errors within the film, most of which are incredibly noticeable.
  3. The dialogue is portrayed very blandly.
  4. Horribly paced and pointless scenes especially the talks between Lisa and her mother.
  5. The movie is extremely repetitive:
    • Too many panoramic exterior shots of San Francisco.
    • The sex scenes are obviously recycled and are poorly done with Johnny described as having sex with Lisa's belly button. Speaking of which, the sex scenes in this movie are hilariously bad thanks to the music and the choices made in them such as Mark and Lisa's stairway scene, or the mostly offscreen blowjob given to Mike complete with awkward expressions.
    • Every time Lisa seduces Mark, he always has to ask what's going on.
    • The script constantly re-uses the idea of a character saying that they need to go somewhere before the scene ends with a location shot.
    • The viewers need to be frequently told how beautiful Lisa is.
  6. There is no character development whatsoever and there are many useless characters who serve no purpose.
  7. False advertising: The poster and title give the impression that it's a horror movie when in reality, it's a romantic drama.
  8. Tommy Wiseau's acting is considered some of the worst actings ever performed, with no believability coming from him at all. This was due to him always looking bored and tired while speaking out weak lines as well as his indescribable accent.
  9. Wiseau gave almost no direction to the cast in the film. When Juliette Danielle asked for direction, Tommy Wiseau told her to watch the movie Eyes Wide Shut, forcing her to wing it as a villainess.
  10. Mark seemingly has the ability to teleport, as he randomly appears in some scenes.
  11. Most of the outdoor scenes use green-screen instead of actually filming it outside.
  12. Weird and bizarre moments.
    • Johnny, Mark, Denny, and Peter playing football while wearing tuxedos. The players simply toss the ball back and forth from very short distances as if they don't know the rules.
    • In a coffee shop, Johnny asks Mark about his sex life from out of nowhere.
    • There is a scene where Johnny shows his butt. (Tommy claimed "I have to show my ass or the movie won't sell.")
    • When Mark and Lisa find Johnny dead, Mark tells him to wake up while Lisa asks with a fake emotion if he was dead, neither of them seems to notice a puddle of blood behind Johnny's head.
    • Several out-of-nowhere exterior shots of San Francisco before cutting back to the same scene.
    • The legendary flower shop scene has Johnny reading his lines out of order, such that he is speaking one line ahead of the woman he's talking to. It is one of the most utterly surreal scenes ever put to film.
    • Characters in this movie take shockingly bad news too lightly.
    • When Lisa tells her mother that Johnny became drunk and hit her, she was shocked to hear that Johnny was drunk rather than being a domestic abuser.
  13. When Johnny says "you're just a chicken", he says "cheep! cheep! cheep! cheep!" instead of "bawk! bawk! bawk! bawk!"
  14. In the climax, after Johnny trashed the apartment, he took a red dress and began making a disturbing simulation. This scene was supposed to show how torn up he was, but the bad script and the weak character interactions make it fail.
  15. This film feels like a self-advertisement of Tommy Wiseau, as Tommy only wants people to see how great of a guy he was. The movie was also made due to Tommy’s frustration with not getting cast in any acting roles.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Mladen Milicevic did a great job composing the soundtrack. One notable example is the main theme.
  2. Juliette Danielle and Dan Janjigian actually have convincing performances.
  3. One of the lines, "I did not hit her. It's not true. It's bullshit! I did not hit her! I did not! Oh hi, Mark." is very memorable.
  4. It has a cult following of being a "so bad, it's good" vein and people may enjoy it.
  5. Johnny's response after Denny said he loved Lisa is surprisingly deep and profound and likely the only actual good dialogue in the entire film.

Trivia

  • There is a book about this film written by one of the film's cast members, Greg Sestero (who had acted prior to this film in Patch Adams as one of the guests at Carin's funeral; he plays Mark in this film) called The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made which explores the film's troubled history. It's a truly interesting one. Said book got a film adaptationGMW in December 2017, starring James Franco as Wiseau, Dave Franco as Sestero, Seth Rogen as the script supervisor Sandy Schklair, Ari Graynor as Juliette Danielle, Josh Hutcherson as Philip Haldiman, Jacki Weaver as Carolyn Minnott, Nathan Fielder as Kyle Vogt, and Sharon Stone as Sestero's agent Iris Burton. The movie received a nomination for "Best Adapted Screenplay" at the 90th Academy Awards.
  • It received an unofficial video game adaptation by Newgrounds in September 2010, telling the plot of the movie from Johnny's point of view. The game also helps clean up a ton of plotholes, such as the absence of Peter from the film's final act.
  • There is actually a website for it. http://www.theroommovie.com/
  • The lines "I did not hit her. It's not true. It's bullshit! I did not hit her! I did not!... oh hi, Mark." and "YOU'RE TEARING ME APART, LISA!" became Internet memes.
  • Johnny's infamous "You are tearing me apart" line is actually a quote from 1955 James Dean movie Rebel Without a CauseGMW.

Reception

The movie was widely panned by many critics who criticized its overall poor quality, mentioning, in particular, the acting and the nonsensical writing. It received a 26% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes with an average critic rating of 2.9/10 with a critical consensus reads, "A bona fide classic of midnight cinema, Tommy Wiseau's misguided masterpiece subverts the rules of filmmaking with a boundless enthusiasm that renders such mundanities as acting, screenwriting, and cinematography utterly irrelevant. You will never see a football the same way again.", and holds a 3.6/10 on IMDb. While audiences too generally found the movie awful, it has become a cult classic among fans of bad movies, to the point of even getting midnight showings that fans attend dressed as their favorite character, similar to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and spawning popular memes from scenes where Tommy Wiseau doesn't pronounce words properly, such as "I did naht hit her!" and "...as a human bean".

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Trevor807

24 months ago
Score 36
OK, I admit. I’m considering doing a comic book fan adaptation of this film, with more characters and Johnny as a vampire.
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Spongebuff1991

20 months ago
Score 26
That might be cool!
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Blader07

5 months ago
Score 5
Speaking of that (i know it is a one year), you finished this fan comic?
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SomewhatKingly

2 months ago
Score 2
Do it and give me it right now
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Marioland2player

2 months ago
Score 0
How is the Comic going
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 0
I never got around to it. Still, it would be an awesome concept.
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Mayo7557

21 months ago
Score 5
This movie should be on amazing movies wiki, it’s fantastic.
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Blubabluba9990

3 months ago
Score 0
No because it's a bad movie.
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TallAutism2006

15 days ago
Score 0
As in it's "so bad that it's good"
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Lamborghini446

21 months ago
Score 1
oH hI mArK
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EnnardTrap1987

20 months ago
Score 4
Oh hi Mark
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Glitchedblood

20 months ago
Score 1
oh hi mark
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Eric Cartman 2001

20 months ago
Score 8

I did not hit her. I did not it's bullshit. I did not....




Oh hai Mark
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Lamborghini446

20 months ago
Score 1
I HIT HER!
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Probium

7 months ago
Score 1
No! Do you wanna change the line?
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$py64 the Wolf

20 months ago
Score 2
I DID NAHT HIT HER
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EijiZeBoi

19 months ago
Score 18
Let’s face it. The Room is a classic.
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EnnardTrap1987

17 months ago
Score 5
I agree. Its so bad, its amazing.
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Grust

18 months ago
Score 2
I can't even say most lines from this movie without a burst of laughter.
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ItMeansNothing

18 months ago
Score 6
OH HAI MAWRK
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EijiZeBoi

18 months ago
Score 16
Still a better love story than Twilight...
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Grust

16 months ago
Score 3
I was braindead for the duration of the first movie. When it was over, not a single trace of the movie entered my brain.
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EijiZeBoi

16 months ago
Score 2

Btw, I have a new idea for torturing admins.

Having me scream their favorite song so I can ruin it. Or I can sing it horribly.
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Masson Thief

16 months ago
Score 1
Excuse me? Torturing admins can only be done on Crappy Games Wiki.
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Botbuster

17 months ago
Score 1
O HAI MARK
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Spongebuff1991

16 months ago
Score 8
I enjoyed this film.
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ItMeansNothing

16 months ago
Score 1
We all did.
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Masson Thief

16 months ago
Score 0
I can't watch it because it was never exported outside the U.S.A.
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EijiZeBoi

16 months ago
Score 0
You could do free streaming.
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Masson Thief

16 months ago
Score 0
It would still be in english, I can't understand spoken english so well unfortunately.
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Sabu

13 months ago
Score 1
Between The Room and Reefer Madness, I'd stick to the former instead of watching a movie that's hypocritical.
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ChroniclesXII

13 months ago
Score 0
Is it bad that I like this movie? No joke, I like it.
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DarkMatterMan4500

2 months ago
Score 0
No, it's not bad at all.
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Official-PSASD

13 months ago
Score 0

I've seen this movie along with Birdemic: Shock and Terror before 2019 Christmas is arrived, it was fun to watch two bad movies at the same time.

And when I watching The Room, many people throw the spoons when the movie is shown the picture frame of a spoon which I did the best choice is to bring all the spoons from the floor and bring them back to everyone for refill which everyone calls me Spoon Claus.
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Demon Horse

12 months ago
Score 2
You're tearing me apart, Lisa!
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 2
My favorite meme of i did naht hit her:
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JinHazama

9 months ago
Score 0
This movie looks like something made on the 70s
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HammerBro101

9 months ago
Score -2
This movie became popular because it's terrible. How is this even possible?
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Trevor807

9 months ago
Score 2
Ironically, because it’s so inept. Basically the new Plan 9.
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 3
The thing where a terrible film becomes popular is named cult following, the room had a cult following
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HammerBro101

9 months ago
Score 0
Oh, that explains why the film became incredibly popular. Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing also gained a cult following for being a terrible video game.
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 1
Yeah
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 1

I did not hit her, it’s bullcrap, I did not....

















Oh, Hi Mark
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Probium

9 months ago
Score 0
Oh hey Johnny, what's up?
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 0
Doing fine
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Emoboy69

9 months ago
Score 0
why dont u just say shit?
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Emoboy69

8 months ago
Score 0
  • ha ha what a story mark!*
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
Yeah, you can say that again.
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Le0ne 82,651

one month ago
Score 0
One of the least believable laughs I have ever heard in a movie.
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 0
It's bullshit! I did not hit her!
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Batman129

7 months ago
Score 0
What a masterpiece
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Lamborghini446

7 months ago
Score 1
dawn't tahch me mowtherfokker get owt
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ACoolBlaze5

7 months ago
Score 4
I did not hit her...
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SporeShroom2007

7 months ago
Score 1
It's not true. It's bullshit.
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ACoolBlaze5

7 months ago
Score 4
I did not hit her. Oh hai Mark
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EricSonic

6 months ago
Score 0
  • throws bottle*
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ACoolBlaze5

6 months ago
Score 8
WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO ADDING THIS FUCKING MASTERPIECE TO THIS WIKI! IT FUCKING DESERVES TO BE ON GREATEST MOVIES WIKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!
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HellLord

6 months ago
Score 0
Lel
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ACoolBlaze5

5 months ago
Score 6
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MeMeGuYWasLost

5 months ago
Score 1
My favorite so bad it’s good film.
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Le0ne 82,651

4 months ago
Score 0
I agree with everything said in this. It is a classic despite its below-average quality. Anyways, how is your sex life?
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HunterZolomon

4 months ago
Score 0
Oh hi Mark
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
Oh, hey, Johnny, what's up?
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TallAutism2006

15 days ago
Score 0
I have a problem with Lisa
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MeMeGuYWasLost

4 months ago
Score 1
I did NAHT hit her!
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Robertoiglesias271

3 months ago
Score 1

All funny things aside, I think the actress for Claudette does a great job here.


This movie is awesome.
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KP of Minnesota USA

2 months ago
Score 1
what's up mark?
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BobTheBobber45

2 months ago
Score 1

I'm sorry, but most of the pointers in this article are either invalid or nitpick-y, and some of them can be applied to most other movies.

"The film has multiple subplots that are left completely unresolved by the end, such as Denny's drug problem and Claudette's breast cancer."

Those are not supposed to be subplots that progress the story; we are just meant to get to know the characters more, these are details that add to the characters.

"There are numerous continuity errors within the film, most of which are incredibly noticeable."

What continuity errors?

"The dialogue is portrayed very blandly."

How, exactly?

"Horribly paced and pointless scenes especially the talks between Lisa and her mother."

How are they horribly paced? How are they pointless, exactly?

"Too many panoramic exterior shots of San Francisco."

Most movies use exterior shots.

"The sex scenes are obviously recycled and are poorly done with Johnny described as having sex with Lisa's belly button."

Most sex scenes are recycled in other movies, especially pornographic ones.

"Speaking of which, the sex scenes in this movie are hilariously bad thanks to the music and the choices made in them such as Mark and Lisa's stairway scene, or the mostly offscreen blowjob given to Mike complete with awkward expressions."

How are those "choices" bad, exactly? Most forms of pornography use awkward expressions from actors.

The part regarding the music is also a nitpick.

"Every time Lisa seduces Mark, he always has to ask what's going on."

That's literally the whole point. He wants to know what's happening to ensure Lisa isn't doing anything suspicious.

"The script constantly re-uses the idea of a character saying that they need to go somewhere before the scene ends with a location shot."

How else are they supposed to end each scene?

"The viewers need to be frequently told how beautiful Lisa is."

Again, that's the point.

"Tommy Wiseau's acting is considered some of the worst actings ever performed, with no believability coming from him at all. This was due to him always looking bored and tired while speaking out weak lines as well as his indescribable accent."

His "poor acting" is exactly the point. It is supposed to show that he is not socially perfect. In fact, all forms of "bad acting" are supposed to show that the characters with "bad acting" are socially inept.

"Mark seemingly has the ability to teleport, as he randomly appears in some scenes."

Just because he "randomly" appears in some scenes, doesn't mean he can teleport.

"There is no character development whatsoever and there are many useless characters who serve no purpose."

Uh, what? Johnny has a tragic character arc in which he accepts that Lisa will never be with him, and he kills himself because of this.

Mark is the catalyst of Johnny's entire arc, if he didn't date Lisa then Johnny wouldn't have killed himself.

I can list more examples, but that's it for now.

"Johnny, Mark, Denny, and Peter playing football while wearing tuxedos. The players simply toss the ball back and forth from very short distances as if they don't know the rules."

The part with the tuxedos is a nitpick. Also, the part where they don't know the rules is exactly the point.

"In a coffee shop, Johnny asks Mark about his sex life from out of nowhere."

Johnny clearly just wants to get to know his friend more.

"There is a scene where Johnny shows his butt."

Many movies show characters' asses.

"When Mark and Lisa find Johnny dead, Mark tells him to wake up while Lisa asks with a fake emotion if he was dead, neither of them seems to notice a puddle of blood behind Johnny's head."

They don't know at this point whether Johnny was dead or not. Plus, we don't know how humans' bodies work in this universe, so we can infer that this works that way.

"Several out-of-nowhere exterior shots of San Francisco before cutting back to the same scene."

Most movies have exterior shots before cutting to specific scenes.

"The legendary flower shop scene has Johnny reading his lines out of order, such that he is speaking one line ahead of the woman he's talking to."

Again, Johnny is socially inept.

"Characters in this movie take shockingly bad news too lightly."

How many times do I have to say this? The characters are socially inept.

"When Lisa tells her mother that Johnny became drunk and hit her, she was shocked to hear that Johnny was drunk rather than being a domestic abuser."

She's scared of that because it's literally the thing that caused Johnny to abuse her at that point.

When Johnny says 'you're just a chicken', he says 'cheep! cheep! cheep! cheep!' instead of 'bawk! bawk! bawk! bawk!'"

1. That's a nitpick.

2. This implies Johnny barely knows anything about chickens.

"In the climax, after Johnny trashed the apartment, he took a red dress and began making a disturbing simulation. This scene was supposed to show how torn up he was, but the bad script and the weak character interactions make it fail."

Subjective.
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EijiZeBoi

2 months ago
Score 0
I know. This page is trying to paint this anime as the worst ever, even though it's the greatest anime ever.
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BobTheBobber45

2 months ago
Score 0
Regarding the "blood" pointer, I misread it. My bad. So I take back that pointer.
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JAndTheBigTV

one month ago
Score 0
I wanna see this movie just to laugh at how terrible it is.
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Yūki

one month ago
Score 0
Same.
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No bias

15 days ago
Score 0
oH Hi MArK
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CheziTacosprod.

7 days ago
Score 0
Hey, Johnny, what's up?

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