DVD-Blu-ray Review: The Roommate

by Eric Melin on May 29, 2011

in Blu-ray/DVD Reviews,Reviews

This review of “The Roommate” on DVD/Blu-ray appears on KTKA-49.

I think that “The Roommate,” new out on DVD and Blu-ray, is supposed to be a thriller. Or maybe it was intended to be a PG-13 horror flick for tweens. It’s hard to tell exactly what the movie was meant to be because it has no personality whatsoever.

It stars Minka Kelly from TV’s “Parenthood” as a silky-haired college freshman taking fashion courses and Leighton Meester from “Gossip Girl” as her clingy, overprotective roommate. On the surface, it reminded me of “Single White Female,” but the difference is that that movie was trashy, melodramatic fun and it knew it.

“The Roommate” is as bland as movies get. There’s not one single nod or wink to the audience and it never manages to develop even an iota of suspense. What’s really weird is its complete reliance on a slick modern rock soundtrack that never seems to stop—there’s almost no score at all.

In that respect, “The Roommate” isn’t really a movie, but instead a series of high-budget music videos with some dialogue sprinkled between.

Leave it to the deleted scenes and making-of extras that make it a little more obvious. It turns out everyone involved really thought they were making a thriller!

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Epsilon March 25, 2012 at 1:32 am

So true! I especially agree it had no personality, and no suspense. I found it almost fascinatingly bad – how could it be so poor in every single way? Terrible acting, incoherent plot sequencing, absurd predictability, completely lacking in any real tension or suspense, no character development whatsoever, nonsensical characters (e.g. the boyfriend seeming like a predatory, vacant douche from the beginning, but apparently meant to be charming and supportive?), no back story for the ‘psycho’, undeveloped plot lines, and an overall feeling of complete vacancy. Truly one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.


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