Movie review: ‘The Roommate’

Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum

EL CAJON –- The Roommate features Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and rising star Minka Kelly as two roommates whose seemingly normal shared-living turns both obsessive and deadly.

The film is a familiar horror for anyone who has had the pleasure of rooming with a random dorm-mate, or may be preparing to transfer to a 4-year college.  Worse than someone who leaves  toe nail clippings in the room, or leftover food on the desk,  Rebecca (Leighton Meester) is wicked and dark.

Sara Mathews (Minka Kelly) enters her first year at the fictional University of Los Angeles and, because of her model looks, instantly gains friendship with Tracy Morgan (Alyson Michalka) and a frat boy, Stephen (Sam Gigandet) .  Then her roommate, Rebecca,  instantly decides that she and Sara should be “BFF’s.”

In Rebecca’s attempt to gain the friendship that she deeply desires, she will do anything – from blackmail, ripped belly button rings, to dead cats – to be ever more cruel and twisted to Sara.  How far will Rebecca go to ensure the forever of their friendship?  I guess you will have to see for yourself.

Overall, the film was an okay watch, although I was disappointed with the imagery of underage girls  being let into clubs to drink, because, as they themselves say, they are “hot.”   The Roommate still has a fair amount of true suspense and a heavy amount of girl-gone-loco.  It will leave you satisfied, as long as you do not go in expecting to see the world’s best thriller.

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The Roommate

2.5 out of 5 stars (teen movie)

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Stars: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester

Director: Christian E. Christiansen (Oscar Nominated)

Rated: PG-13

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Goodrum is a student in MCOMM 132; his email is  [email protected]