Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Roommate - DVD Review

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Starring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka, Billy Zane, Daneell Harris and Frances Fisher.
Directed by Christian E. Christiansen.

I will start with the positive. Leighton Meester has an "it" quality about her, and I'd be interested in seeing her do something else.

But here the script does her no favors. This is in every way a remake of Single White Female, even if no one wants to admit it. There's no insight into the psychology of the character. She's just nuts and does what the plot needs her to do.

So Meester is in the Jennifer Jason Leigh role, and Minka Kelly is in the Bridget Fonda role. They're roommates at college, only one has an unhealthy liking of the other.

This movie features Cam Gigandet giving blue-steel face, Billy Zane as a colossally stupid fashion professor, and Frances Fisher as yet another mother of a psycho. Does it have suspense? The soundtrack thinks so, but no.

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