After kicking off 2024 with discussions on the better-than-it-has-any-right-to-be sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser II (listen), the surprisingly progressive Killer Condom (listen) and the very gay (and very terrible) The Covenant, we’re wrapping up January with a conversation about Christian E. Christiansen‘s pseudo-remake of Single White Female: The Roommate.
The Roommate sees Sara (Minka Kelly), a young design student from Iowa, arrive for college in Los Angeles. Her wealthy roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester), is more than eager to take Sara under her wing and show her the ropes. The two become close, but when Sara begins to branch out and make more friends on campus, Rebecca becomes resentful. This brings out her more psychotic tendencies as she embarks on a mission to prove that Sara only needs one best friend: her.
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Episode 266: The Roommate (2011)
Put on your best fedora and pull that cat out of the dryer because we’re discussing Christian E. Christiansen’s teeny-bopper ripoff of Single White Female, The Roommate (2011)! Tagging in for the conversation is one of the film’s superfans: Ali Chappell.
Join us as we try (TRY) to figure out who thought this movie was a good idea, because nearly nothing in this shameless ripoff works. From it’s incredibly stupid lead character to its complete lack of tension, it’s a real misfire. God bless Leighton Meester, though, who at least tries to do something with a nothing role.
Ultimately, The Roommate feels more like a business decision than an artistic one, which is a bummer given the cast that its working with. But hey, we’ve still got a semi-decent shower scene and a semi-thrilling climactic battle so….there’s that?
Cross out The Roommate!
Coming up on Wednesday: We’re covering our very first Stuart Gordon film in 1985’s gory classic Re-Animator!
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