The Roommate

February 4th, 2011

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The Roommate

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College student Sara finds that her new roommate Rebecca has an obsession with her, which quickly turns violent.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 4.6/10 (12,492 voted)

Critic's Score: 23/100

Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Stars: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet

Fresh from Des Moines, Iowa, Sara Matthews has just landed in Los Angeles as a college freshman studying fashion design. She meets handsome Stephen, party-lover Tracy, and roommate Rebecca. Rebecca is nice, sweet and ready to share everything with Sara. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. But Tracy is convinced that there's something seriously wrong with Rebecca and bad things start happening to everyone close to Sara. If Sara is to have a normal college experience, she's going to have to get to the bottom of what's up with Rebecca and quickly get out of her clutches.

Writers: Sonny Mallhi, Nick Bylsma

Leighton Meester - Rebecca Evans
Minka Kelly - Sara Matthews
Cam Gigandet - Stephen
Aly Michalka - Tracy Morgan
Danneel Ackles - Irene (as Danneel Harris)
Frances Fisher - Alison Evans
Tomas Arana - Jeff Evans
Billy Zane - Professor Roberts
Nina Dobrev - Maria
Matt Lanter - Jason
Kat Graham - Kim Johnson (as Katerina Graham)
Johannes Raassina - Band Member
Cameron Fisher Brousseau - Band Member
Evan Michael Brown - Band Member
Alex Meraz - Frat Boy

Taglines: "SWF college student seeks same. Must be willing to share - everything. Killer personality a plus." ...Say hello to Rebecca.


Official Website: Official Facebook | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 4 February 2011

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,002,635 (USA) (6 February 2011) (2534 Screens)

Gross: $37,300,107 (USA) (20 March 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Continuity: When Rebecca takes a picture of her and Sara in front of the wall of graffiti, the camera screen shows just their heads. When Rebecca looks at the picture, it shows the top half of them and it is from a top angle instead of down below.

Rebecca Evans: [as Rebecca drives to her family's mansion]
Sara Matthews: This is your home?
Rebecca Evans: It was never a home when I lived here.

User Review

they told the wrong story! **CONTAINS A FEW SPOILERS! You've BEEN WARNED**

Rating: 2/10

I realize that today's major cinema generally lacks creativity and innovation and indie is the way to go, but I can't resist a cheap thriller. Once in a great while I will be impressed by a film or at least not be furious I spent ten bucks on it. Unfortunately with "The Roommate" I felt like I'd wasted both my money and my time. The story is unoriginal, but even with recycled plots writers can tell them from new angles. This movie was told from the completely wrong angle. The main character goes to college and basically finds out her roommate is crazy and obsessed with her. The huge mistake? The story should've been about the 'crazy' girl and not about the girl who finds out the 'crazy' girl is obsessed with her etc. I'm frankly also insulted at how they depict mental illness in this movie, putting across the message that if a person has emotional problems/mental issues etc they're obviously dangerous. First of all her problems throughout the movie appear to be pretty severe, so why is she not under regular psychological care? At a visit to the the crazy girl's house, her parents seem almost afraid of her and make a comment about her medication. Various scenes in the girl's hometown make it clear that something serious has happened with this girl in the past. The script wants the viewer to hate this character and find her dangerous and sympathize with the roommate, but I find myself sympathizing with the crazy girl and curious about her backstory and what's really going on with her. The movie fails at getting me to see the girl as the antagonist and root against her, instead I pitied her and was concerned about her. I didn't really care about the main character at all. In short, Hollywood recycles plots all the time, and that's fine but they could at least pick a new angle to tell the story through that would captivate the viewer. The Roommate, is a huge fail and if I were you I'd skip this one in the box office.

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