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Boti Bliss in The Perfect Roommate (2011)

With a failed marriage behind her Carrie Remington (Boti Bliss) is trying to make a fresh start with a job working as a waitress although it is a huge struggle. But her luck seems to change when she becomes friends with waitress Ashley Dunnfield (Ashley Leggat), the daughter of property magnate Richard Dunnfield (William R. Moses) and ends up moving in with her as a roommate. And soon Carrie and Richard seem to be getting close as the wealthy businessman falls for her. But is all as it seems, of course it isn't.

"The Perfect Roommate", which aired in the UK as "Dark Secrets", is a cross between "Single White Female" with a "Black Widow" style storyline. And the combination on paper is one full of potential, think about it, you have a new roommate who turns out be not as sweet as she seems and who is scheming to get the money of the roommate's father. Unfortunately "The Perfect Roommate" messes the whole thing up by not keeping anything from us and so we quickly learn that Carrie is not all that she appears and actually works with another criminal when it comes to her schemes. As such what we get is a procession of Carrie being duplicitous when it comes to working both Ashley and her father. The only thing it doesn't do is to tell you the motive straight away and so you are left wondering why she is being so scheming.

Because there is so little mystery to "The Perfect Roommate" it puts a lot of focus on the acting and not in a good way. In the right movie Boti Bliss can be extremely effective but this isn't the right movie. Sadly all the gazes and creeping around is not only over acted but over focused upon and that is a double whammy of badness because the over acting not just from Boti but from everyone ends up feeling like you are being hit in the face. Having said that this is a movie where the likeable nature of the cast definitely comes in to play and keeps you watching.

What this all boils down to is that whilst the initial idea to "The Perfect Roommate" has potential the lack of mystery combined with over acting makes this hard work and ultimately below par.

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