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The Roommate (I) (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  4 February 2011 (USA)
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College student Sara finds that her new roommate Rebecca has an obsession with her, which quickly turns violent.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene (as Danneel Harris)
Rebecca's Mom
Rebecca's Dad
Professor Roberts
Kim (as Katerina Graham)
Johannes Raassina ...
Band Member
Cameron Fisher Brousseau ...
Band Member
Evan Brown ...
Band Member (as Evan Michael Brown)
Frat Boy


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. Written by napierslogs

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2,000 colleges. 8 million roommates. Which one will you get? See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

4 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peligrosa compañía  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,002,635 (USA) (4 February 2011)


£120,365 (UK) (8 April 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester who played Sara and Rebecca respectively, were 30 and 24 at the time the film was released making them too old to be college freshmen. In reality, in order for both to be college freshmen, both of them would have to been born during the 1991-92 academic school year. See more »


When Rebecca is lying on the floor after Sarah stabbed her in the back, at first there is a piece of hair falling across her face. The camera then flips to Sarah, then when it comes back to a closeup of Rebecca's face, the hair is no longer there. See more »


Alison Evans: Rebecca is doing really well?
Sara Matthews: She's doin' good.
Alison Evans: She's taking her medication?
Sara Matthews: Medication...?
[Rebecca walks down stairs]
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Featured in 2011 MTV Movie Awards (2011) See more »


The Focus
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Aaron Sandlofer and Julian Davis (as Julian Michael Davis)
Performed by X5
Courtesy of Deetown Entertainment
By Arrangement with Chime Entertainment
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The movie fails on almost every count but it's still mildly amusing.
8 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'THE ROOMMATE': Two Stars (Out of Five)

New variation on 'SINGLE WHITE FEMALE', this one revolving around two college freshmen living on campus together at ULA. It stars 'GOSSIP GIRL's Leighton Meester as the psycho student and Minka Kelly as the good girl. The film is directed by Christian E. Christiansen and written by first time writer Sonny Mallhi. It's mildly amusing at times but for the most part it's routine and devoid of thrills or any real action.

Kelly plays Sara Matthews and Meester plays Rebecca Evans. When the two first meet in the dorm room they've both been given they immediately hit it off. What Sara doesn't realize is that she's made too much of an impression on Rebecca and she quickly becomes obsessed with her. Sara is also troubled by an ex-boyfriend (Matt Lanter) who keeps calling but has met a new love interest in drummer Stephen Morterelli (Cam Gigandet). This doesn't sit well with Rebecca who wants Sara all to herself. Her obsession turns to creepy and dangerous really fast.

The film is very light on thrills and violence (for a thriller). The first two thirds of the film actually play out more like a depressing character study drama leaving the viewer feeling more sorry for Rebecca than afraid of her but then of course the end turns to routine third act 'B' movie trash and we finally get some action. Meester is somewhat good as the troubled student and Kelly looks beautiful but for the most part the movie has no real acting to speak of. The dialogue is weak and scares and thrills, like I said, are nearly nonexistent. The movie fails on almost every count but it's still mildly amusing. I give it some credit for not putting me to sleep but it's mostly a waste.

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