"The Hand that Rocks the Dorm Room"
What You Need To Know:
THE ROOMMATE follows in the path of several psycho-thrillers that have gone before it. The plot is thinly woven together. The script shortcuts plot points and character motivations. And, the story, which is supposed to be a scary thriller, is hardly thrilling or scary. The movie also contains a very strong pagan worldview with no redeeming content. There is plenty of lewd behavior, including some foul language and alcohol abuse.
(PaPaPa, HoHo, FR, LL, VV, SS, N, AAA, D, MMM) Very strong mixed pagan worldview with no redeemable content whatsoever, a homosexual/lesbian character and lesbian kissing depicted, with one comment about Karma; 18 obscenities and five profanities; strong violence includes girl pierces her own ears, girl tackled in a shower room and her navel ring is pulled out by another girl threatening her, girl stuffs a kitten in a dryer, and it is implied she killed the cat, girl beats her own body and stabs her side to lie about being mugged, girl sprays gasoline on guy and threatens to burn him, man stabbed with a utility knife, woman tied down to a bed and held captive, big fight between several characters includes punching and wrestling, guy punches girl, girl bludgeons guy to knock him out, girl fires gun, hair-pulling, and stabbing; strong sexual content includes depicted fornication although only kissing is actually shown, depicted phone sex, unmarried kissing, lesbian kissing, woman picks up young girl at a bar with the intent of taking her back for a one-night-stand, girl flashes guys at a fraternity party; woman’s bare back and belly shown in shower, girls in lingerie in several scenes, upper male nudity; underage drinking at frat party and underage drunkenness including underage girls getting into a bar; no smoking or drug abuse; lying, blackmail, vengeance, back-stabbing, prescription drug is mentioned for girl who suffers from mental illnesses, dishonoring parents, and movie has a very negative portrayal of people suffering from mental illnesses.
THE ROOMMATE is a schlocky, violent thriller about a young freshman female whose campus experience, as well as her life and the lives of her friends, is threatened when she learns her roommate is suffering from a dangerous, psychotic breakdown.
Sara Matthews is an incoming freshman student with a major in fashion design. She is smart, ambitious and excited about her college career. She quickly makes friends with several of the girls in her dormitory, including her shy roommate, Rebecca.
As Sara and the other girls immediately jump into everything that today’s college has to offer, including frat parties, underage drinking and cute boys, the reclusive Rebecca chooses to stay behind and work on her sketches for class. As the semester progresses, the antisocial Rebecca becomes obsessed with being Sara’s only friend, even to the point of physically threatening other girls in the dorms as well as anyone else who gets between them. Soon, terror grows into full-blown brutality as Rebecca suffers a complete psychological meltdown and goes on a violent spree against Sara and anyone who stands in her path.
THE ROOMMATE follows in the path of several psycho-thrillers that have gone before it such as FATAL ATTRACTION and THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE. The plot is thinly woven together. The script shortcuts plot points and character motivations. And, the story, which is supposed to be a thriller, is hardly thrilling or frightening.
The movie also contains a very strong pagan worldview with no redeeming aspects whatsoever. There is also a promiscuous homosexual character as one of Sara’s closest friends, a lesbian who has no problem kissing and picking up strange, young women at a bar and taking them home. There is also depicted fornication, unmarried kissing, underage college drinking and drunkenness, lying, blackmail and some intense violence. This movie is not a media-wise choice for viewers, and there is much more redeemable entertainment to be enjoyed.
Finally, the movie handles mental illness in a slipshod, misunderstood and disrespectful way. Rebecca, the young woman who is suffering from the psychosis, comes off as vindictive, methodical, maniacal, cold, and calculating rather than someone who is struggling to maintain her sanity. Rather than painting her illness with any touch of humanity, she is portrayed as evil and villainous with death being her only fitting end. This is a negative, though subtle, media message about people suffering from mental illnesses.