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Review: 'The Roommate' is not thrilling

February 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
In "The Roommate," Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester play roomies at a fictional Los Angeles college.

Leighton's character becomes obsessed with her new BFF and wants her all to herself. While Cam Gigandet plays a fellow student who may be a problem.

All three actors play their roles well. Leighton's just plain creepy; Minka's sweet and understanding; and Gigandet offers up just the right amount of sarcasm and wit.

The problem with the movie is the material. A thriller should be thrilling, and this isn't.

Sure, it's a little creepy but there just doesn't seem to be enough happening, which makes it hard to stay interested. I actually started to get bored waiting for things to happen and they are things you expect to happen so there's not much suspense, either.

The movie has its moments, just not nearly enough of them for a film of this genre.

Minka and Gigandet are a little old for these roles, but not to the extreme of John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and their co-stars playing teenagers in "Grease."

This film is for a younger audience and for fans of the three stars. But I'm older and I liked this story much better back in 1992 when it was told with older women and called "Single White Female."

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