“Four Rooms” is an anthology of four stories each one by a different writer/director, but all starring the same main character.
Tim Roth stars as Ted the Bellhop, the character that connects the stories together. Each story takes place in a different room of the hotel that Ted works at. The time is New Year’s Eve and everybody is celebrating. Ted is practically alone at the hotel, and has to rush around to the rooms. The movie is mainly a comedy.
Robert Rodriguez does the third section of the movie. His section is called The Misbehaviors. Antonio Banderas is in the part and he plays some kind of gangster or tough guy, it’s not very clear. He and his girlfriend, or wife (not very clear again) are bored and want to do something exciting, so Banderas takes charge. He makes Ted take care of the kids while him and the woman go out and see the fireworks, and do “other stuff”.
There are two kids, a little girl and a little boy. The boy looks like Banderas and the girl looks like the woman. This leads me to believe that the two adults both are single parents meeting up, because the kids look so different. There are little funny bits sprinkled throughout, but nothing really that funny…until the end. When you get to the end you see how the rest of the segment is all leading up to the hilarious climax. Everything just erupts at once, at the moment that Antonia Banderas walks back in.
Spoiler Alert: At the end the room is on fire, there is vomit everywhere, the paintings are ruined, there is dead hooker in the bed, and there is a giant syringe plummeting towards his child and the kid is smoking a cigarette, and more chaos. Everything comes full circle, and all the little things that seemed random before now make perfect sense. Throughout the segment they are always complaining about the smell, and think that it is someone;s feet. Turns out they were smelling a dead body rotting in the bed the whole time. Everything works out with perfect comedic timing.
The acting is good, but nothing special from the parents, and the kids, are really awkward, but I think they’re supposed to be that way. Selma Hayek is in the movie. She just plays a stripper who dances on the TV, and you never see her head.
This segment works, because of the fantastic ending.
Quentin Tarantino’s section is called “The Man From Hollywood“. Tarantino is the man and stars in this section. Bruce Willis also stars in this part, working with Tarantino again after Pulp Fiction”.
Tarantino has the ending segment, and the credits play while his part ends. This segment fits perfectly at the end. I think that this segment is the best. Best, does not mean funniest. This segment is the best speaking in terms of acting, and writing. Personally I think it is funnier throughout than any other segment, but the ending of the Rodriguez segment is arguably the funniest part of the movie.
This section can be summarized as: Ted the Bellhop goes into the penthouse suite, and is talked into refereeing a bet between Tarantino’s character and Paul Calderon’s (also from Pulp Fiction) character.
Bruce Willis‘ character spends the majority of the segment fighting with his wife over the phone. A character from the second segment , played by Jennifer Beals comes back for Tarantino’s segment, she doesn’t do too much though. Tarantino plays a big shot, Hollywood movie director who is staying at the hotel, spending New Year’s Eve partying with his friends.
The bet is over a Zippo lighter and is inspired by a 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, “Man From the South” starring Peter Lorre and Steve McQueen.
Paul Calderon‘s character has to light his lighter 10 times in a row. If he wins he gets Tarantino’s brand new expensive car, but if he loses, his pinky finger gets cut off.
Most of the segment is Tarantino trying to convince Ted to cut off his finger if he losses the bet. Ted finally accepts. When the time comes, the comedic timing is so perfectly hilarious.
“Four Rooms” is a good movie. But it’s a great one if you skip the first half.