Four Rooms is an anthology film. Meaning that four different directors got together and directed four different segments that they then combined into one film. So I am going to start off by saying that I did really enjoy it, but I am then going to break it down and talk about each room individually.
Before I get there, I just want to talk about Tim Roth. He is the connective tissue between all four rooms in that he is the bellhop who ties all four stories together. My experience with Tim Roth has been twofold. One as the man who would be the Abomination in the film The Incredible Hulk. Two as Alan Lightman on the television show Lie to Me. In both of these instances he is a no-nonsense badass who gets shit done. So to see him as the Inspector Clouseau/Mr. Bean smash up that he is in this film took some getting used to. Once I did, he was pretty fantastic. Now that that is done…
The Honeymoon Suite
Boobs. This is my predominant memory of this section of the film. Not just any boobs, we are talking about
The story centers around these ladies being a coven who have come together to release their goddess who is trapped in stone within the hotel. They are trying to do their spell when one of the witches reveals that she has failed to bring her ingredient (because she was so hot when collecting it that she swallowed it). So the other witches task her with collecting it from the bellhop. This leads to Tim Roth’s role and how he deals with this coven. Pretty entertaining.
In this room our bellhop finds a husband and wife in the middle of a predicament. You see, the husband (David Proval) has his wife (Jennifer Beals) tied up and is threatening to kill her for sleeping with another man. When the bellhop enters the room, the husband automatically assumes that the bellhop is the other man because he has the unfortunate luck of having the same name as the man in question.
This leads to guns, homoerotic behavior and mouth gags. All in all, it is a pretty good time. I do need to admit that my favorite part of this room was Tim Roth in a window. Trust me, you need to see it to understand. But it is some of the best physical humor I have seen in a while. Again, this room was a roaring good time.
In this room you have a mother and father who are getting ready to go out for the evening (it is New Years Eve, by the way). They are up for parents of the year by abusing their kids, allowing their 8 or 9 year old son to smoke, and planning on leaving them alone in a hotel room with the television as a babysitter. Luckily, (unluckily for Tim Roth) the bellhop drops off some champagne right before they are about to go and he gets tasked with watching the children.
As you might have already guessed, the children are not angels themselves and they proceed to find needles, watch porn and drink while giving the bellhop one hell of a hard time. It all culminates with them finding the reason that the room smells.
Now we get to my favorite of the Four Rooms. This is my favorite because, quite simply, Quentin Tarantino wrote it. His way with words stimulates my pleasure centers. This story centers around a Hollywood star who has made a bet. He needs the bellhop to make sure that the bet gets carried out correctly. I will not give you much more on this one, because my explanation of it would pale in comparison to Tarantino’s explanation. Basically the entire scene is explaining what is going to happen in the last ten seconds. And that execution is priceless.
I highly recommend Four Rooms. The stories are silly, sexy, comical and complex. The characters are all over the top caricatures. Everyone obviously had a lot of fun making this film. I had a lot of fun watching it. Throw this one on your queue.
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