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The Roommate

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Christian E Christiansen
  • 87 mins
  • 15

Summary

When college freshman Sara arrives on campus for the first time, she befriends her roommate, Rebecca, unaware that the girl is becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

A first-year student at a Los Angeles university discovers the sinister truth behind her roommate's overprotective behaviour in this lame and derivative psychological thriller. Sara (Minka Kelly) has just arrived from Iowa, which perhaps explains why she's a bit slow on the uptake. But it's obvious from scene one that wide-eyed, uptight Rebecca (Leighton Meester) is not someone you'd want to be sharing a dorm with. Having played its hand early on, the movie then has nowhere to go but spin out the action highlights of the latter's aberrant behaviour, which involve a classmate's belly-button piercing and an unlucky kitten called Cuddles. Although the 15 certificate keeps much of the carnage off-screen, there's absolutely zero subtlety on offer here. It plays like a pale shadow of Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh's trashy but chilling set-to in Single White Female. Billy Zane's toe-curlingly awful turn as a preening design professor turns out to be the main entertainment value on display.

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Credits

Cast

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Sara MatthewsMinka Kelly
RebeccaLeighton Meester
StephenCam Gigandet
TracyAlyson Michalka
IreneDanneel Harris
Rebecca's momFrances Fisher
Rebecca's dadTomas Arana
Professor RobertsBilly Zane
MariaNina Dobrev
JasonMatt Lanter
KimKaterina Graham

Crew

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DirectorChristian E Christiansen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony Pictures
Released on
2011-04-08
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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