The Roommate

Theatrical Release: February 4, 2011
The Roommate


College student Sara finds her safety jeopardized after she’s assigned to a dorm room with a new roommate, Rebecca.

Dove Review

Sara Matthews (Minka Kelly) believes her new roommate at college, named Rebecca (Leighton Meester), is just over protective. Rebecca gets upset with Sara if she stays out late or away from their dorm room without calling to let her know. She also becomes jealous of Sara’s other friends and her new boyfriend, Stephen. She warns off one girl and threatens to kill her if she continues to hang around Sara. Sara begins to open her eyes and to realize that there is more to Rebecca than meets the eye. Unfortunately, some of this process slows the film down and takes up precious viewing time. When there is action or violence it comes rapidly and then the pace slows down once more. There is just not enough meat on the bones in this movie.

Ultimately Sara learns the truth behind Rebecca’s strange behavior and there is a big confrontation at the end. The film does show Sara having moved on in life following a break-up with her boyfriend and the death of a close relative, so these are nice themes. A few people die by film’s end and we won’t plot-spoil and say who, but with the violence in the film, not to mention the language and the use of slang, and an unmarried couple having sex in addition to two young women doing the same, we are unable to recommend this as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: A couple kisses a few times; a young woman kisses another young woman and implied sex takes place afterward; unmarried couple have sex; a few sexual innuendos; a married teacher attempts to have an affair with two different female students.
Language: G/OMG-8; S-10; A-2; H-2; D-2; B-4; "Suck"-2; Slang for female genitalia used to call someone a whimp-1
Violence: A girl threatens to kill a character; a girl is attacked in the shower and her naval ring is forcibly removed by another character; a fight ensues which includes several characters and punches are thrown and items are broken and a character is stabbed; a male character is stabbed; some blood is seen in some of these scenes; a girl places a cat in a washing machine and prepares to turn it on.
Drugs: Some drinking scenes including beer and wine; a party scene and nightclub scene; a girl is on prescription medicine for psychotic episodes.
Nudity: Cleavage; girl in shower but stomach is exposed and nothing else and we see she has a naval ring; a woman's nude rear is seen in a photo on a man's wall; shirtless man.
Other: A character refers to karma; a few characters lie; a female character has a tattoo and another female gets the same one; the topic of losing a loved one to death is explored.


Company: Sony/Screen Gems
Writer: Sonny Mallhi
Producer: Doug Davison
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter