A bellhop has the strangest day of his life after visiting four
hotel rooms, each of which contains a wacky misadventure.
Four Rooms (1995)
Written and Directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Starring Tim Roth, Ione Skye, Madonna, Jennifer Beals,
David Proval, Antonio Banderas, Lana McKissack,
Danny Verduzco, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Willis,
Paul Calderon, Kathy Griffin, Marisa Tomei
Four Rooms is arguably the worst film ever done by either Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino, as neither of them are very good at screwball comedy. While Tim Roth does his best to salvage this gross misstep into comedy, his extremely over-the-top performance of Ted the Bellhop just comes off as annoying and even lazy at times. Not to mention the complete lack of story structure, which should be at least a little prevalent in anthology films like this.
The first story, "The Missing Ingredient," was about a coven of witches who are trying to resurrect the goddess Diana and they need Ted's sperm to do it. That's right, you read that correctly. Right off the bat, Allison Anders shows you that this movie is going to be comprised of four stories made by four filmmakers who were no doubt stoned off their asses while coming up with the idea for this movie. Still, it isn't the worst one. It's successor, "The Wrong Man," was the worst one, which had Alexandre Rockwell show us the zesty sex life of a depraved couple who may or may not be gay. This whole segment was boring and anchored by Tim Roth's worst performance in the whole movie.
Rodriguez's story, "The Misbehavers," was pretty entertaining, mostly due to Antonio Banderas. This segment was essentially a predecessor to Spy Kids, so it was neat to see lines and scenes that he would use later on. Plus, the kids had good chemistry with Ted. The final story, "The Man From Hollywood" was one giant ego trip for Quentin Tarantino, who was the star of the segment. Though it was neat to see a background role from Bruce Willis, this entire story was incredibly self-serving and since I'd already given up, it failed to recapture my interest. Overall, I didn't like Four Rooms and found it way too weird and not nearly as entertaining as it should have been, considering the names behind it.