“The Roommate” is an upcoming thriller that takes an old concept of a female obsessed with someone else and lets it send them into madness. In “Misery,” we saw Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) rescue her favorite author Paul Sheldon (James Caan) and then keep him hostage in her home. She lived through the characters in his books and was so demented that she believed they were real. In “The Crush,” we witnessed a teenager, Adrienne (Alicia Silverstone), obsess over a journalist and then when he refuses her sexual advances, she begins to sabotage his life. In “Mommie Dearest,” Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) gets so infatuated with her own looks and fame that it drives her mad trying to hold onto it. The one thing all of these women have in common is a longing or a loneliness that propels them into hysterical delusions that often turn violent.
This seems to be the case yet again when we catch up with Sara (Minka Kelly) who goes off to college and gets a random roommate assignment of Rebecca (Leighton Meester). Things go great at first and both girls bond quickly with each other, but as soon as Sara is all settled in and starts to get comfortable at the school and make new friends, she soon learns that maybe her roommate isn’t the best fit for her.
In this first clip, we see Rebecca anxiously awaiting Sara’s return. As she waits she gets more and more upset. When Sara finally returns home from what appears to be a date with Stephen (Cam Gigandet), Rebecca has no problem showing her frustration with her.
In this second clip, we see Sara and Stephen sitting in the library when Sara sees that Rebecca has already listed her as her best friend on an online social network. They both think its odd seeing as they haven’t known each other very long. They show Rebecca just watching the two of them and when Sara leaves, Rebecca wastes no time creepily stalking Stephen as if he is her future prey.
The third and final clip is a bit different than the previous two, as we see Rebecca away from the object of her obsession, Sara. Is she any less crazy? I don’t believe so; in fact she goes a bit “Carrie” on a dumb and crass, but presumably innocent, young man.
So that gives you just a small look at a few scenes from “The Roommate,” which opens Feb. 4 and is rated PG-13 for violence and menace, sexual content, mild language and partying.
If this intrigues you and you want to see more, you can watch the full trailer below or head out to the theaters this Friday.
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