Here is what you can expect in The Roommate (an early 2011 release out now on DVD) – lots of pretty people. And I do mean lots. In an exceptional example of Hollywood smoke and mirrors, there is not a single unpretty person anywhere on screen during The Roommate‘s run time. Even the dorm rooms and classrooms in fictional University of Los Angeles, where this movie is set, make it appear that this institution of learning is actually a boutique hotel. Especially those dorm rooms. So stylish it hurts.
The lovely Minka Kelly plays Sarah, a small town girl with a past, and the desire to excel in the world of fashion. Her roommate is Rebecca (Leighton Meester), a disturbed blonde who is local to LA and not very friendly to anyone other than Sarah.
It must be true what they say – things come super easy to pretty people. Sarah moves in, makes a couple of slutty friends, goes out to a frat party and meets Stephen (Cam Gigandet) the guy she will date–all in one night. It is really quite impressive. Imagine what would happen if such a girl put her mind to ridding the world of its problems.
So the days pass and Rebecca’s behaviour goes from borderline creepy to downright psycho. Along the way Sarah makes some discoveries about her. And then, the big finale.
Yup, that’s it.
Leighton Meester does a credible job of delivering on the creepiness of her character. It is to her (and the makeup team’s credit) that she manages to dial down the pretty to adequately convey the crazy. Minka Kelly may have never looked this good, and I say this as a person who has watched multiple seasons of Friday Night Lights. The rest of the cast is strictly filler and while the film looks great I was often surprised by the editing choices.
While The Roommate was not difficult to watch (how could it be with all those pretty people walking about saying lines?) I cannot help wondering if this is the screenplay that got greenlit. I mean really, a couple of instances of body-piercing creepiness? A replica tattoo? The threat of fiery death? Uncomfortable conversations?
What is this, Scandinavian arthouse cinema?