Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Roommate (2011)

Since I'm not really a fan of mainstream horror at all nowadays, I thought I would hate The Roomate.  But on the contrary, I really liked it.  Sure, it was sort of a direct ripoff of Single White Female (right down to the hotel seduction scene) but if you're going to re-make SWF, you might as well do it with Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester.

Minka Kelly is Sara Matthews, who goes off to college to be a fashion and design student.  Her roommate has not yet arrived, but she meets a bunch of cool friends in her dorm who take her out to a party.  They all get drunk, and this part confused me a bit, because what college freshman thinks there's UN-spiked punch at a frat party.  Morons. 

Sara wakes up with a wicked hangover to see that her roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester) has decided to make an appearance.  She's quiet, shy, and a non-partier, but has a closet full of designer clothes and seems nice enough.  Rebecca and Sara become friends, but soon learn that their interests diverge a bit.  While Sara wants to have fun, party, and bang a cute frat guy, Rebecca wants Sara all to her herself. 

Rebecca starts out by calling Sara a bunch of times when she's out with her boy toy, but things quickly escalate.  She involves Sara's friends, boyfriend, teacher, and even her poor helpless little kitten.  I found Rebecca to be seriously creepy, and Sara was the perfect unassuming roommate.  The backstory was solid, and normally I don't go for ripoffs, but I love Single White Female so much that I loved this too.  The violence against animals was totally unnecessary, and should have been skipped.  But overall, I thought The Roommate was a fun watch.

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Lori said...

I liked it too, except for the gory parts. Both actresses were convincing. I'm a Minka fan!