The Roommate Movie Review: Pretty Actors Don't Make For A Movie Scary

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Want to watch a movie about a creepy, obsessive psycho roommate?  Sounds like an interesting storyline, right? 

Well then don’t watch The Roommate.  It’s not creepy. It’s boring.

The Roommate tries to scare with a few dark scenes and some creepy stares, but overall the thrills are seriously lacking.  The actors are all very easy on the eyes and they are fun to watch…

but just because they’re all so pretty, not because they bring good performances.

Minka and Leighton are Roommates

The Roommate follows the story of Sara, who is starting her freshman year at the fictional University of Los Angeles. She’s come all the way from Iowa to study fashion design and quickly meets her new roommate Rebecca. 


Rebecca seems normal enough at first and the two become fast friends, but not all is as it may appear with Rebecca.   Rebecca very quickly becomes extremely over-protective of Sara.  She has to know where she is at all times; memorizing her class schedule, expecting her to call and check in, and getting terrifyingly jealous if Sara’s new boyfriend Steven (Cam Gigandet). 

 
Sara and Steven

To prove her twisted loyalty, she attacks another one of Sara’s friends, Tracy (Aly Michalka from CW’s Hellcats), whom Rebecca thinks is a bad influence.  Rebecca even tries to get rid of a kitten she thinks is coming between her and Sara – the poor kitty ends up in a clothes dryer.  Sick.

Tracy In The Shower

The movie is depressingly unoriginal.  If you’ve ever seen the 1992 film Single White Female, you know exactly what I mean.   The movie is meant for a whole new generation of young women, but couldn’t it have been a little bit more original?

The only thing that makes this movie even remotely scary is the foreboding musical score that could potentially keep audiences on the edge of their seats.  You know when the music starts something bad is going to happen.

Leighton Meester as Rebecca in The Roommate

It seems everyone in this new roommate-obsessed thriller is cast more for their looks than their talent in horror flicks. 

Leighton Meester can be creepy at times, but even as she becomes crazier, the scare factor doesn’t really improve.

Contemplating Her Next Move

Kelly is very sweet throughout the movie and her 'scared-face' does improve a little as she starts to realize what is really going on with her weird roommate.   Overall, they don’t really connect or bring any extra shock factor to the screen.

Sara in The Roommate

The PG-13 thriller, directed by Christian E. Christiansen, proves to have less thrills and more uncomfortable staring scenes - although the sexiness and dull violence will probably have teenage girls drooling over this mediocre flick.

The Roommate Review

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The Roommate Review

Want to watch a movie about a creepy, obsessive psycho roommate?  Sounds like an interesting storyline, right?  Well then don’t watch The...

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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (13 Votes)