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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lots of menace and animosity surrounding the message that not everything is as it appears and that you should trust your instincts when you feel something (or someone) is off.
Positive Role Models
One female character who at first appears timid finally stands up for herself. But other than that, the other characters are either superficial or heinous.
Violence & Scariness
A girl bashes another girl's head in the shower; she also puts a cat in the dryer (nothing more than that is shown, though it's understood that she'll turn on the machine and kill the cat) and beats up and ties up another woman and then attempts to suffocate her with a plastic bag. A man hits a woman in self-defense. A woman tries to shove another woman out a window; she also stabs herself with a box cutter after she bruises her face with her own fist. A gun is drawn.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman have phone sex (viewers hear only the beginnings of the conversation). Close-ups of the faces of women climaxing. A man and a woman sleep together (no nudity). Two women kiss.
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"S--t" (and other derivations), "a--hole," "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "whore," "goddamn," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
References to fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as Vogue magazine. A Sony Vaio laptop is used, with logo visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage drinking at a frat party (primarily beer and spiked punch). A woman flashes a roomful of people while drunk. A vial of meds prescribed for schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder is found.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cliched thriller starring Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester centers on a young woman who's dangerously obsessed with another, to the point of violence. The movie has many creepy scenes -- and violent ones, including some with gore and blood, beatings, stabbings, and more. And a general air of malevolence hangs over the whole movie. There's also some swearing (including "s--t" and "a--hole"), sexuality (including two women kissing), and underage partying. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At first glance, THE ROOMMATE meets the bar of a successful suspense thriller. Yes, there's the eerie lighting and soundtrack. And it starts with a setup that clearly delineates whom to cheer for and to fear. Clues are dropped immediately that hint at a future, massive confrontation. And there are the requisite references to psychological dysfunction and a subsequent, all-consuming, violent breakdown.
But that doesn't mean it actually works. The film is listless and lazy, lumbering along on clichés that are frankly annoying. Opportunities to add depth -- references to the villain's horrible childhood, for instance, or even her fascination with modern art -- are wasted. Meester gives sinister a good college try, but her character is an odd mix of cheesy and malevolent. Suffice it to say that this is no obsession classic like The Talented Mr. Ripley or Single White Female (which it's clearly referencing). Those were at least entertaining. This one's not.
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