Review: The Roommate


Leighton Meester ditches her Gossip Girl demeanor to play Rebecca; A loyal, caring, dedicated, College student who will lie, torture and kill to make her best friend and roommate Sara happy.


Leaving home and going to College is one of the most exciting times in a young adult's life. Meeting new people from all walks of life, and being left to your own devices with no parental supervision, it is no wonder that most can't wait to graduate and experience the independence that College life offers. '2000 Colleges. 8 million roommates. Which one will you get?' - The movie's tag line highlights the anonymity and probability that is involved in a successful College experience. How well do you know your roommate? Who is to say that she is exactly who she says she is?

Fashion student Sara (Minka Kelly) moves into her new dorm room, to find her new roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester - Gossip Girl). With lots of common interests and similar outlooks on life they quickly become best friends. Sara confides in Rebecca, but soon realises that her problems - and the people causing them - start to disappear, and Rebecca is the common denominator.

The film portrays the realistic threat of obsession and violence, and Leighton Meester puts in a stellar performance as the titular, unhinged roommate, Rebecca. The tension in some scenes is almost palpable, and it pays off knowing that the presented threat is not some supernatural force at work, or an infallable killing machine, but simply a girl with an obsession.

Although there are striking similarities in plot to the 1992 Bridget Fonda movie Single White Female, The Roommate is not credited as being a direct remake. Fans of teen thrillers such as The Hole (2001) and Swim Fan (2002) will not be disappointed by this fairly decent effort from Academy Award nominated Director, Christian E. Christiansen, but if you're looking for more scares from what would be classed as a typical horror movie, then you might want to give this one a miss.


The Roommate is released on DVD in the UK on 12th September - Pre-order from