How sad is this?
good back-story, and good acting
The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.
This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.
I did like this movie... back in 1992, when it was called "Single White Female". As for the blatant rip-off called "The Roommate"... urgh, one word: unoriginal. One more word: boring. Oh, and one more: predictable.When you watch the original "Single White Female", you feel that this is something that could really happen to someone in real life. The original was suspenseful and realistic. When you watch *this* (The Roommate)... well, I'm willing to bet anything that a story like this has never, and would never, happened in real life. It's just not believable. And there's zero suspense.They just took the excellent "Single White Female" (a suspenseful thriller) and made a dumbed-down PG version for kids in their early teens of it. That's all there is to it.If you want to see a real female-stalks-female story, watch "Single White Female". Or even the sequel - "Single White Female 2: The Psycho". If you've seen it/them already, don't bother watching "The Roommate", as it's nothing more than a rip-off of the above two titles, created for retards (or very young kids). If you're not one, you, most certainly, won't be impressed.Oh, and by the way, the acting was atrocious.Whoever produced the script for this movie, should just retire. It was pathetic. Man, it is blatantly obvious that s/he ripped-off "Single White Female", but what kind of idiot can't even *copy* someone else's work properly? They copied the unimportant elements, but left the important ones out. Jeez, what a moron.In the original movie ("Single White Female"), the stalker takes her obsession further by copying the lead's physical appearance, also with an agenda to frame her. But in The Roommate this part is replaced with... Oh, please! A tattoo of someone else's dead sister's name? She was supposed to be a dangerous, cunning, smart sociopath, not a clinically retarded looney.Oh, and I saw someone mention that the only reason to watch this are the "hot" lead actresses. Right. Well, first of all, they aren't actresses. They are pathetic amateurs. And... a butt-chin and a plain Jane? "Hot" indeed! In my humble opinion, this movie was not necessary at all. A waste of time and money.
Sara Matthews is a sweet,small town girl from Des Moines,Iowa who moves to LA to attend college. An aspiring fashion designer, she meets a few cool girls, goes partying and even meets a handsome fella, a.k.a. her future boyfriend who happens to be apart of some lame,ass rock band on campus. Things go great, that is until Sara meets her new roommate Rebecca, a wealthy girl with mental problems who quickly become obsessed with her. The two hit it off, until crazy girl Rebecca starts showing signs of... well, you know, CRAZY. After about an hour, Sara finally realizes that Rebecca is a nutcase and eventually moves out. However, obsession turns to murder and the lonely Rebecca will stop at nothing to have Sara all to herself. Of course, all hell breaks loose and the two chicks go at it in the end. The wanna-be, musician boyfriend steps in to save the day and the loony bin Rebecca dies. All is well. Why movies like this are still being made is totally beyond me. Yes the characters are young, pretty, handsome and nice to look at. However, it takes more than a couple of hot, young actors to make a film worth watching. If you can, save yourself the headache and skip this piece of fluff.
The college student Sara Matthews (Minka Kelly) travels from Des Moines, Iowa, to Los Angeles to study fashion design. She befriends Tracy Morgan (Aly Michalka) that invites her to a party, where she meets Stephen (Cam Gigandet) and dates him. When Sara returns to her room, she meets her roommate Rebecca Evans (Leighton Meester) and they become friends. Rebecca is a wealthy teenager that becomes obsessed with Sara and soon Tracy notes that something is wrong with Rebecca. But Rebecca threatens Tracy that moves to another house. Rebecca gets rid of anyone that stays between Sara and her, but when Sara finally observes her behavior, she is also threatened by the schizophrenic roommate. "The Roommate" is an unoriginal thriller of obsession with a storyline that is a rip-off "Single White Female". This teen version has two sexy lead actresses, Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester, and may entertain viewers that are not choosy. My vote is five.Title (Brazil): "Colega de Quarto" ("Roommate")
The Roommate, I had started watching this a year ago but turned it off soon after seeing the cat die, and I wish I didn't try to watch it again. This is a truly painful film to view. It has a decent cast lead by the talented (Leighton Meester) but has very flat characters and uses them once and never again such as Alyson Michalka's character, Tracy who we see for the first 40-50 minutes, which is truly upsetting being that we really don't know what happens to her. And this film could have been more scary, way more scary than it is, and it shoulda had more deaths leading up to the final, which was very disappointing. The acting was O.K. but nothing over the average, and the special effects, cheesy as heck. The film doesn't really use the source material and the main idea to it's best use. It all goes to waste. Nothing to really recommend here. D-