Roommate Wanted (2015) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Rob Margolies
Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Spencer Grammer, Kathryn Morris
Rated: R/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Lions Gate
Janie is an ambitious student who dreams of a better life. Dee is a gorgeous socialite who dreams of a rich husband. They’re already not the best of friends… or the best of roommates. But when Janie gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Dee becomes the roommate from hell as she desperately tries to destroy Janie’s life. It’s an all out girl-war, leaving a ROOMMATE WANTED.
While not listed as an official American remake of the popular (at least in these parts) 2LDK, Roommate Wanted, sure does use a lot from the plot. Basically, outside a few minor changes, it is the same darn thing! I won’t get into if this should be called out for such in a negative light or not, I’ll just stick to the film itself, which while not at all perfect, is at least a lot of fun. Or should I at least say that the last twenty minutes or so is? The film is pretty quirky in a lot of ways. Our two roommates in question are played by Alexa Vega and Spencer Grammer. Vega you might recall from a lot of Robert Rodriguez movies and Grammer is someone I actually saw for a bit on the old soap As The World Turns (Don’t judge!). They do what you’d want them to two, playing polar opposite in personalities. They sort of blur the line to where you probably won’t really favor one over the other in the right and wrong department and you probably will just side with whoever you think is the hottest! To be honest, the whole thing comes off as a comedy until they start throwing punches, and even from that point on it is more slapstick comedy than horror or thriller. If you are okay with that, then you should be okay with this overall.
I would have liked to have seen a bit more blood and gore here. There really isn’t any, not counting the basic battle wounds you’d see from the fighting between the two. It might be too funny and light toned for its own good overall. There are ways to stay a bit bubbly and still hit the more true horror marks, we’ve seen it done before. This one does what it does and just doesn’t seem to find a safe genre to land in. That makes it unique in a way, but it also makes it a bit disjointed in other ways. Still, the two leads make it very watchable and make it fun enough regardless. If you can ignore the comparisons to that other movie I already mentioned above, then it could find some footing in some crowds to stand on its own. That is, however, a pretty big cloud for it to try to stay clear of. It is a bit in the Battle Royale/Hunger Games comparison territory, but it is still pretty fun on its own for what its worth.