Ever seen the movie Four Rooms? Well Do Not Disturb is like that, sort of, maybe, kind of… Okay I admit I only watched Four Rooms because Madonna was in it and only vaguely remember the vignettes. But much like this feature they both take place in a hotel and both are really not that memorable.
As opposed to Four Rooms, Do Not Disturb only focuses on room 316 and the sometimes touching, sometimes scary, and other times downright odd things that happen to the room’s occupants. Broke up into vignettes, the only connecting factor is the room number and the odd maid (Diva Zappa). At first she’s just mostly an observer and voyeur but definitely more involved by the end.
The problem with vignette movies is that they inevitable seem to be uneven, jarringly so, especially when different people are writing and/or directing each featurette. That being said there were some I liked and some I could’ve lived never seeing. My favorite was Prom, a touching, sweet story of students who get to travel to the big city on a school trip and a last minute room assignment. Honestly it shouldn’t have even been part of this feature considering the tone of the rest of the stories. I wasn’t happy with it’s ending but I could understand why it ended the way it did. Least favorite was Rocketman; too weird, too confusing and not interesting enough for me to just sit back and enjoy the visuals. Duccios Madonna is a quite interesting vignette about a man who hires a call girl to fulfill a very unusual request. I would’ve like this story more had the call girl (Maureen Flannigan) not been so bitter and jaded. It makes sense that once she hears his request that she would be put off but from the very start she is just mean. So there is not real contrast once the true story begins. The last two stories, Intrinsic and Death takes a Holiday Inn are interconnected and honestly I think should’ve just been one long story, it would’ve made more sense. It felt as if the whole movie was leading up to these two stories and honestly it was disappointing.
You can watch it if you want, it’s not horrible. But a year from now I doubt you’ll remember much, if anything, about this lackluster feature.