Josh Hutcherson

James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist': A great movie about the greatest bad movie? The SXSW reaction

James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist': A great movie about the greatest bad movie? The SXSW reaction

James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” promises to make up for years of devastating reviews and late-night jeers aimed at Tommy Wiseau and his cult flick, “The Room.” The infamous 2003 self-made, self-promoted indie flop turned midnight movie sensation is filled with bad acting, worse continuity and an incomprehensibly soapy plot about love and betrayal. A decade and a half after its disastrous Los Angeles premiere, “The Disaster Artist” is redemption for the best-worst movie of all time.

“I am Tommy Wiseau,” Franco, the film’s director and star, confessed Sunday night at the South by Southwest Film Festival, where standing ovations met his surreal and surprisingly affecting...

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