The Roommate [DVD] 
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She's cute. She's loyal. She's psychotic. And, unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) she's THE ROOMMATE. When Sara arrives at school, she finds new romance with Stephen (Cam Gigandet)and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester). What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy, and Sara comes face-to-face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive, unbalanced...and maybe even a killer!
Almost without exception, critics have cited Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female from 1992 as a fondly remembered guilty pleasure and blatantly obvious model for this nearly pleasure-free thriller about a psycho college girl who develops a murderous obsession with her new roommate. So as not to be a glaring exception and to find some reason to talk about The Roommate at all, here's another plug for SWF, a much more interesting piece of creepy camp entertainment in practically every way. Updated for the Gossip Girl generation, The Roommate follows a wholly predictable arc that's primarily a showcase for trashy fashion, vapid acting, and an advertisement for the age of entitlement-based teenage immorality. The Roommate unfolds at the fictional Los Angeles University, where dorms rival four-star hotels and major areas of study are sexy clothes, high-priced hairstyles, and all-around hotness. The story sets up incoming freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) as the good-girl object of demented psychological desire for roomie Rebecca (Leighton Meester) with sledgehammer conceptual blows that end with actual girl-on-girl fisticuffs. Also in the mix are Sara's crinkly-eyed new boyfriend (Cam Gigandet) and lesbian fashionista friend (Danneel Harris), both of whom spark ever more enervating bouts of emotional nuttiness in Rebecca as she progresses to certified wacko who only has eyes for Sara. The fact that a mere workaday case of bipolar disorder is at the root of Rebecca's bad behaviour should be cause for outrage among mental health advocates: if only she'd stayed on her Zyprexa! But the entire enterprise is such an exercise in lameness that strong feelings of any kind are difficult to muster. Credibility and compassion are hardly the point in this brand of lazy hit-and-run drama anyway. The reality portrayed is strictly about maintaining beauty and positive emotions from actors pretending to be 18, but who are all pushing 30. A tiny bright spot is Billy Zane who gives a wonderfully dizzy turn as a faux-hip professor of fashion design with a wardrobe that makes a crazier statement about untreated psychosis than Rebecca's bizarre behaviour ever could. --Ted Fry
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The main problem with this movie is that it becomes its own plot spoiler for it shows too much of what Rebecca is actually doing, rather than letting the audience second guess. From about a quarter in you know she's the baddie, whereas some creative writing could have shifted the focus onto others. Single White Female this isn't but it is a decent enough watch, it's just that its all a bit too obvious.
The single disc offers the standard feature of scene selection. Audio is either English or French with subtitles in English, French, Arabic or Danish. Other special features include a director commentary, deleted & alternate scenes whilst the trailers are merely adverts for other movies.
if its a popcorn flick you want then this could fit the bill, if you want scares then this may not do it, although there are some disturbing sequences.
Minka Kelly plays Sara Matthews, a girl from Des Moines, Iowa. She is studying fashion at a liberal arts college in LA. Rebecca (Leighton Meester) is her roommate. She is a rich local girl, a clothes whore who does not party. Alyson Michalka plays the floozy friend. Like Daniel Radcliffe, Alyson has been able to go her entire career without changing her hair-do. Near the beginning we are teased as a drunk Alyson removes her top for the Frat boys. They cheer and all we get to see is her back.
Early on we get the impression (odious music, glares) Rebecca is possessive of Sara's attention/friendship in an unhealthy way. Sara's sister Emily died when she was 9 years old. She carries the memory of her in the form a tattoo over her heart. Rebecca not only dislikes tattoos, but in an interesting scene, we find out she doesn't have pierced ears. Very unusual for a college girl. Sara had given Rebecca some earrings to wear, who then uses the earrings to pierce her ears so as not to disappoint her new BFF. Big time facial close-ups for Leighton Meester. Like most movie psychos, Rebecca is cold and calculating.
My main criticism of the movie is that it shows too much of Rebecca doing bad things. Rather the movie should show us the result of what has happened and let the audience try to figure out if Rebecca is lying or not. For instance in one scene Rebecca beats herself up and blames someone else. They should have never have shown Rebecca beating herself up. There is a lot of action at the end of the film which should have been spread out. The movie is its own plot spoiler.
No nudity, Underage drinking, PG-13 sex scene, and it gave my cat nightmares.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is really quite creepy and will leave you thinking about it the next day.Published 1 month ago by Goth Doll
THIS WAS A VERY GOOD STORYLINE AND ACTING WELL WORTH BUYING THANXPublished 3 months ago by COCARLEY
Single White Female will likely always be the definitive crazy roommate thriller, this one borrows from it and tries to bring it up to date using a college setting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A L H
I liked seeing Leighton Meester play a different character and it's the upto date Single White femalePublished 6 months ago by hayley loader
Good film. Kept me watching till the end.Published 13 months ago by Corinna Taylor Dance In The Rain