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In The Room, the chronology is difficult to follow.

Do Johnny and Lisa get married at some point in the Movie?

At first, Claudette mentions that Lisa is getting married next month, and that Johnny's party is 'Next Friday', so (given the party takes place at the end of the film), it would appear as though that couldn't possibly have happened.

However, this is The Room we're talking about....

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One sequence contains all the men of the group wearing tuxedos, at which Denny informs Johnny his wedding photo's are going to look great. It could be an impromptu dress rehearsal, but it seems heavily implied this is the morning of Johnny's wedding.

Later, Mark confesses to Peter that he is having an affair with another man's wife, and at the party Johnny also refers to Lisa directly as his wife.

We know from The Disaster Artist, Greg Sestero's production journal of the movie, that continuity and logical sequencing were entirely disregarded by Tommy Wisseau, which makes some sense of why the jumbled sequences made it into the film, perhaps?

Does anyone have a reliable chronology for the events of the film? Did Johnny and Lisa actually get married?

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Oh hai, John.

First off, having "plot-explanation" and "the-room" tags next to each other is hilarious.

Anway, I rewatched it and found no evidence of their marriage other than your observations. The party is Johnny's birthday party and referring to her as his wife is as likely a mistake as glossing over the whole wedding would be. Mark confessing about a "wife" might be a ruse to lessen suspicion.

As you said:

At first, Claudette mentions that Lisa is getting married next month, and that Johnny's party is 'Next Friday', so (given the party takes place at the end of the film), it would appear as though that couldn't possibly have happened.

That seems to be the only likely answer in an illogical, convoluted mess like this. Keep in mind things like breast cancer are mentioned and then quickly forgotten after being told "don't worry about it."

I'm sure you want a better answer, but there doesn't seem to be one. Having just watched it again I can only paraphrase Chinatown, "Forget about it John, it's The Room."

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+1 I always assumed they didn't, but after reading that book I just started rethinking the whole movie, how much was just mad improv?! Great answer. –  John Smith Optional Dec 30 '13 at 23:33
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You might be putting more thought into it than Wiseau did... –  Meat Trademark Dec 30 '13 at 23:35
    
Man, I re-watched this travesty to answer your question and I still don't warrant an "accepted" answer? What do I gotta do? Throw spoons at my screen? Order an insane pizza? Pay for some weirdo's rent? Be a favorite customer at a flower shop? "Now I know I'm a real boy because I can feel my heart breaking." –  Meat Trademark Jan 4 at 17:48
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Sorry! was waiting to see if anyone else had read the book and picked up some semblance of an explanation, but clearly not.. I'm re-reading it now, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't resolve this point...Greg Sestero just seems to give up explaining the individual plot choices after a while, and just chalks it up to the continuity editors being sacked and not replaced... I'd love to know if this was supposed to be enough to indicate they married, but I guess we'll never know. –  John Smith Optional Jan 4 at 17:55
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YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, MEAT TRADEMARK! –  John Smith Optional Jan 4 at 18:56

First of all, I don't agree so much with the fact that the chronology is difficult to follow. After all The Room seems to be pretty linear in the way the story unfolds. Disregarding the slight unconnectedness of some individual incidents, if the movie doesn't suggest otherwise, I have no reason to believe the chronology to be non-linear in any way. Thus my chronology of the events would be the same as presented in the movie (even if that might not be ragarded as "reliable").

I agree though, that I also couldn't completely bring this tuxedo scene in relation to the rest of the narration. But it also seems quite impossible that this could in any way happen after the birthday party, as that is when everything collides, especially Johnny's relationships with Mark and Lisa. Additionally, he was not married to Lisa during the birthday party (and thus before his death), since at this party he still calls her his "future wife". Thus from the movie itself I can only conclude with a very definite No, he didn't get married to Lisa.

But in contrast to Meat Trademark's answer I wouldn't attribute anyone using the word "wife" to be just a mistake or a plot oversight. Rather than that they were just using the term "wife" colloquially, in anticipation of Lisa being Johnny's wife in the near future anyway. This is similar to Lisa's mother calling Johnny her (Lisa's) "husband" earlier, only to be corrected by Lisa. This inaccurate use of the terms "wife" and "husband" adds to the fact that apart from Lisa everybody else seems to see her marriage as more or less predetermined and that Lisa's unwillingness to accept that and her anticipation of the boredom of being a "wife" is in fact the major motivation for her devastating actions. In addition to that Mark might also have said "wife" to make the explanation easier and not disclose everything to Peter.

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Having finally watched the movie, I have to say it was just bad. Yet after all I heard about it I expected some weird half genius half madness thing, but it wasn't "bad" as in so-mad-it-was-already-great, but just bad as in boring-and-a-pain-to-watch. A banal story, crappy dialog, awful acting and every ten minutes a silly sex scene. It was more or less a soft porn cut down further for prime time showing. Just my two cents, though. ;-) –  Sonny Burnett Jan 16 at 1:41
    
It's 'trash cinema', Christian, its a sub-genre of its own: although it doesn't seem to fare well in Germany! As for the narrative unfolding clearly...well, I don't know what I could add to that. You must be some kind of savant genius, or you're able to disregard all 30 sideplots without issue...in me underpants. –  John Smith Optional Jan 16 at 10:38
    
@JohnSmithOptional "or you're able to disregard all 30 sideplots without issue" - Indeed that's what I did. Given the movie's overall quality I didn't have much reason to do otherwise (and they weren't too significant either). I agree that the individual scenes were not as tied together to make a continuous narrative. But the movie also didn't provide any reason for me to think it doesn't follow a linear narrative (which would be my first guess for any movie unless proven otherwise). But apart from that the use of the word "wife" for a non-wife wasn't one of those many faults, I think. –  Sonny Burnett Jan 16 at 10:58
    
@JohnSmithOptional I can also apreciate a trash movie just for the fun of it, but this movie was more bad than "bad" and IMHO overrated (or should I say "over-underrated"?), but to each his own. For example I enjoyed Sharknado recently, which at least provided an interesting story and enough hilarious absurdity to be enjoyed as funny. But maybe I just expected too much from The Room after all the fuss I heard about it (or I'm not senstitive enough for its finer nuances of absurdity ;-)). Anyway, how's your sex-life? –  Sonny Burnett Jan 16 at 10:58
    
That's a great story, Christian.. Ah, I see that's where our tastes differ. I think there is a difference in sincerity between real indie's like The Room and this odd cottage industry that's popped up, making deliberately bad films in which the entire crew is in on it. Tommy Wiseau genuinely thought he was making a film comparable to a streetcar named desire. Watching The Room is a trial of "how did this even get made? why did no-one stop it?", whereas we know exactly why Sharknado was made: Money Money Money Money...Mooooney. –  John Smith Optional Jan 16 at 11:24

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