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The Roommate (2011)

Minka Kelly , Leighton Meester , Christian E. Christiansen  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester
  • Directors: Christian E. Christiansen
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG99IG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Roommate" on IMDb

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Director's Commentary
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Almost without exception, critics have cited Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female from 1992 as a fondly remembered guilty pleasure and blatantly obvious model for this nearly pleasure-free thriller about a psycho college girl who develops a murderous obsession with her new roommate. So as not to be a glaring exception and to find some reason to talk about The Roommate at all, here's another plug for SWF, a much more interesting piece of creepy camp entertainment in practically every way. Updated for the Gossip Girl generation, The Roommate follows a wholly predictable arc that's primarily a showcase for trashy fashion, vapid acting, and an advertisement for the age of entitlement-based teenage immorality. The Roommate unfolds at the fictional Los Angeles University, where dorms rival four-star hotels and major areas of study are sexy clothes, high-priced hairstyles, and all-around hotness. The story sets up incoming freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) as the good-girl object of demented psychological desire for roomie Rebecca (Leighton Meester) with sledgehammer conceptual blows that end with actual girl-on-girl fisticuffs. Also in the mix are Sara's crinkly-eyed new boyfriend (Cam Gigandet) and lesbian fashionista friend (Danneel Harris), both of whom spark ever more enervating bouts of emotional nuttiness in Rebecca as she progresses to certified wacko who only has eyes for Sara. The fact that a mere workaday case of bipolar disorder is at the root of Rebecca's bad behavior should be cause for outrage among mental health advocates: if only she'd stayed on her Zyprexa! But the entire enterprise is such an exercise in lameness that strong feelings of any kind are difficult to muster. Credibility and compassion are hardly the point in this brand of lazy hit-and-run drama anyway. The reality portrayed is strictly about maintaining beauty and positive emotions from actors pretending to be 18, but who are all pushing 30. A tiny bright spot is Billy Zane who gives a wonderfully dizzy turn as a faux-hip professor of fashion design with a wardrobe that makes a crazier statement about untreated psychosis than Rebecca's bizarre behavior ever could. --Ted Fry

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She's cute. She's loyal. She's psychotic. And, unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) she's The Roommate. When Sara arrives at school, she finds new romance with Stephen (Cam Gigandet) and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester). What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy, and Sara comes face-to-face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive, unbalanced...and maybe even a killer!

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
(review for movie, not DVD) Sara wants to be the small town girl that makes it in the big fashion world. she is currently going to school and hopes to make friends as well, and when Rebecca appears everything seems great. Sara has some new people in her life, things to see, fashions to produce. The only thing that seems to be standing adversely to that is the possessiveness she just starts to notice.

In the vein of many a stalking movie, The Roommate makes its debut and has some hits and some misses. The good thing about the movie is that it has some really nice moments where it seems creepy. The roomate does a nice job being creepy and seemingly feared, and the moments seem to creep up and present themselves. From the small reflection of someone wathcing across the way to the moments when fear seems to carry a sharp utensil, there are times when the movie has fun. Sadly, some things detract from that.

One thing in modern movies is the fact that the people seem a little fake. From the coffee houses to the party scene, the people seem like a Gap add. They dress a specific way and look a specifc type and the diversity that life offers seems to stay outside. You also have to buy into the notion that college rooms are big, and that is a hard one for anybody who has seen a dorm. Add to that the arrangements of some of the moments and the spacing and you might be a little wary. Still, these are problems with A LOt of new venues.

If you like this genre offshoot then you will like this. If you do not, then this might not be for you. It is not bloody, does not have nudity in any form, and does not really offer a bleak looking canvas. some of it is mind and mind alone, and the images are left to the watcher. Some like that, however, and I like it enough. I would have given it a 3.5 or so, and the 4 it rounds to seems good. I am glad I saw it, but it would not have hurt to miss it.
I suppose it depends on the person.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars She Just Wants to Be Your Friend February 4, 2011
Format:DVD
"The Roommate" is essentially a college-age, low-rent retread of "Single White Female" - the story of a young woman whose life is interrupted by a possessive, deranged individual. But even if "Single White Female" hadn't been made, this movie would still be about as boring and predictable as they get. It's little more than a visual checklist of thriller clichés. Not those fun, stylistic clichés, but the dull and dreary ones, all of which were unoriginal twenty years ago and have long since overstayed their welcome. If you can't figure out where the plot will go as you watch it unfold, you're either lucky, for you've missed all the thrillers I've sat through, or you're remarkably imperceptive. I'll take it as an item of faith that it's the former. I beg you, don't prove me wrong.

In the film, a girl from Iowa named Sara Matthews (Minka Kelly) enters her freshman year at the University of Los Angeles, where she hopes to study fashion design. Assigned to share her dorm room is Rebecca Woods (Leighton Meester), born and raised in the affluence of Beverly Hills. At first, they get along swimmingly. But over time, Rebecca's behavior becomes increasingly odd, as if she wanted Sara all to herself. Mostly, it displays itself not through her interactions with Sara, but through her interactions with other people in Sara's life. These include her new boyfriend, Stephen (Cam Gigandet), her friend, Tracy (Alyson Michalka), her fashion mentor, Irene (Danneel Harris), and Professor Roberts (Billy Zane), who teaches design. At Thanksgiving, Rebecca takes Sara to meet her wealthy parents; the mom (Frances Fisher) will eventually ask Sara in private the obvious question, "Is she taking her medication?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOL May 29, 2011
By G. Chen
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I wanted to watch this because the trailers actually made it look really good. It looked creepy! Plus, some of my favorite actresses are in this. I wasn't going into it with high expectations given the fact that a lot of people gave this bad reviews. For movies of this genre, I lower my standards. Unfortunately, I should have listened. This was pretty much as bad as described. It was a total rip off of Single White Female, only a lot cheesier. There were a couple of moments that could have been creepy, but something was just a little off. Either it was the acting, or casting, or dialogue... Something made the whole thing just not believeable. I felt like the characters didn't behave very logically. It was hard to believe someone so psychotic would be running around campus. I have had my share of bad roommate experiences in college, but this was just too exagerated. The main character should have paid more attention once the first red flag was waved. I feel like this could have been really good, if they had tried harder. Instead, I found myself finding a hard time paying attention to the whole thing. I'm still giving it 3 stars though because I like the actresses Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Roommate, Yet Another 'Try-Hard' Thrill Film February 21, 2011
Format:DVD
'The Roommate' is just another thrilling movie that is shown in theaters. Yes, there they have some 'jumpy' moments, but overally, it may seem a little less too boring. The plot itself is very predictable and a little bit old. *Spoiler* It was about Sara, a new college student who just moved in on her dorm, and meeting her new roommate, Rebecca. You will immediately know what Rebecca plans when you see the trailer. She wants to be Sara's friend, her VERY close friend. She overprotects her, and whatnot.
I want to give this movie four stars because of it's great bestfriends scenes, but I can't. Some roles/actors were just thrown in the movie for no apparent reasons. Like Irene and Jason.
If this DVD come out, I would definitely buy it, because, frankly, I kind of liked the movie. And if you have nothing to do on your freetime, this movie is definitely worth it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars movie of the night
hey not that bad of a movie okay. when is nothing else to watch this is your best bet for the evening
Published 22 days ago by JOHN D. APICE
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie rocks
This movie was so great, definitely had to add it to my collection. Just the perfect amount of mystery and terror put together. Read more
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I had seen it before, that was why I bought it, I recommend this to anyone. You cannot go wrong with this product.
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I have spent way too much time pondering whether or not to buy this movie. I was afraid that it wasn't going to be very good, but it was awesome!
Published 6 months ago by Ashley Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is a good movie with a great cast! It came in perfect condition. It would be great for any young adults or teens, especially those in college or about to be in college!
Published 7 months ago by Amber Looney
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie =]
I ordered this movie without watching it beforehand. I was not disappointed! It thoroughly creep-ed me out and made me cringe. The movie arrived quickly and in great condition.
Published 8 months ago by Lacey
4.0 out of 5 stars Not very exciting, but still good
There's not much of a (musical) score to this movie and it's not as exciting as it looked in the previews, but it is well-done and creepy, especially if you're someone who's just... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Faye Hollidaye
5.0 out of 5 stars We lov it
My best friend love love this movies and she told me to buy it because I would like it and she was right I loved it
Published 10 months ago by Chanise
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!
This movie was great because it is just so darned creepy! I appreciate the suspense and eeriness of the film to produce scares instead of typical gory nonsense.
Published 10 months ago by Aja
3.0 out of 5 stars its Single White Female redo
I knew it was when I grabbed it. I'm a big border/thriller fan so I grabbed it cause I could. Cheap and has that 're-watch value. Believe it was a used copy, perfect condition. Read more
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