As someone who watched the quintessential so-bad-it’s-good flick more than several times after smoking pot in his dorm room—oh, I’m not the only one who did that?—I will say that Franco looks and sounds the part, as he struggles to remember the hackneyed lines he’s written.
What’s more exciting, though, is the cast he and co-star/producer Seth Rogen have wrangled here, including Zac Efron, Hannibal Buress, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas. Other celebs like Bryan Cranston, Zach Braff, Danny McBride and Wiseau himself are also said to have cameos.
The film, which premiered at SXSW and will open wide on December 8th, is already picking up some Oscar buzz. It’s not hard to see why. This is ripe territory for Franco, who is somewhat of a parody of a self-serious auteur himself.
I, for one, will be looking forward to seeing how he handles those soft-core sex scenes. But, god forbid, if they cut the scene of the boys playing catch, I may have to walk out of the theater.