The Roommate

Rated PG-13 93 min. 2011

Christian E. Christiansen’s The Roommate doesn’t lose points for ineptitude, but rather for sheer superfluousness. Do we really need a variant on Single White Female set in a college dorm? That’s rhetorical, of course, because we’re still saddled with this lousy excuse for a thriller, one that’s not even kind enough to go the full-on R-rated route. What’s the point in a trashy tale of a murderous undergrad when you can’t even bother to actually be sleazy? What we get instead is a film short on titillation but steeped in monotony, like a bachelor party at a bingo hall. The film follows Sara (Minka Kelly), a college freshman who moves into her dorm and soon finds out that the seemingly nice Rebecca (Leighton Meester) is her roommate. That’s where we start, only to find out that Rebecca’s actually more than a bit unhinged, needy, clingy, and obsessive, and soon decides that she and Sara are best friends. Being best friends, it seems, includes Rebecca’s constant need to defend Sara from bad influences, an attitude that soon spirals into violent outbursts that run from ripping out naval rings to full-on murder. The problem is, why care? As cinema, it’s drab. As entertainment, it flounders. Even our bubble-headed co-eds are drained of personality to the point that they’re nondescript. The Roommate doesn’t even have the common decency to be unintentionally funny. The closest we get is Cam Gigandet pretending to play the drums and pretending to read a book. It’s not enough.

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Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Writer: Sonny Mallhi

Producer: Doug Davison, Roy Lee and Irene Yeung

Cast: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Danneel Harris, Cam Gigandet, Alyson Michalka, Matt Lanter, Frances Fisher, Katerina Graham, Tomas Arana and Cherilyn Wilson


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