The Roommate

Rated NR 2011

This rehash of Barbet Schroeder's crazy-roommate thriller Single White Female (1992) tries for Schroeder's high style and knowing kitsch, along with some pseudo-Hitchcockian suspense and Hollywood hottie titillation, but fails completely. Minka Kelly plays a sunnily optimistic Iowa schoolgirl who arrives at "Los Angeles University," where the dorm rooms are vast, luxurious, and nearly empty of books and the campus's "star professor" (Billy Zane) teaches a course in fashion. Unfortunately her psycho roommate (Leighton Meester of the TV series Gossip Girl) takes one look at her and wants to assault anyone who gets near her, including her kitten. Christian E. Christiansen directed this stinker, which lacks even unintentional humor. (93 min.)

Film Credits

Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Writer: Sonny Mallhi

Producer: Doug Davison, Roy Lee and Irene Yeung

Cast: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Danneel Harris, Cam Gigandet, Alyson Michalka, Matt Lanter, Frances Fisher, Katerina Graham, Tomas Arana and Cherilyn Wilson


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