The Wrong Roommate (2016)

So Wrong it's Right

After calling time on her relationship with her cheating ex, Mark (William McNamara), Laurie (Jessica Morris) is trying to start again with her friend Janice (Dominique Swain) arranging work for her at the college where her former tutor Professor Floyd (Eric Roberts) works. Plus with Laurie's sister and husband away she is living at her sister's mansion and looking after her teenage niece Ricki (Brianna Joy Chomer). Also living there in the guest house is artist Alan (Jason-Shane Scott) who has rented it for the summer who seems like he could be the perfect hunk to replace Mark with. But with Mark still on the prowl as he wants Laurie back things not only get messy but strange as Laurie finds weird things going on around her.

I am convinced that those who make TV movies have now gotten to the point that they expect their audience to be familiar with the genre and have started to play on that familiarity. Take "The Wrong Roommate", it features Eric Roberts as a Professor and anyone who has seen Roberts in other TV movies will know that he often plays a bad guy. As such the minute you see him you half expect him to show a dark side at some point. And it is the same elsewhere as we get fed all sorts of cliche's from hunky Alan being not all he seems, using a hidden camera no less to spy on Laurie, to her ex Mark showing up when ever he wishes.

As such "The Wrong Roommate" quickly becomes one of those movies where you are pretty sure you can see where it is leading with various character connections but you also end up doubting yourself over its obviousness. But this is heightened by the acting because it seems like Jessica Morris, Jason-Shane Scott and pretty much everyone has been told to play it in a semi obvious manner. If that is the case it is a masterstroke from director David DeCoteau because it makes a routine TV movie into something more entertaining. Considering DeCoteau directed the ridiculously bad "The Brotherhood III" and some other rather unique movies his direction of this is actually pretty decent.

What this all boils down to is that "The Wrong Roommate" ends up surprisingly entertaining but more because it plays on being obvious than for being original. And yes this is shallow but this features a lot of good looking actors and actresses who parade about in the sun and their rooms with little on which I know it sounds bad but adds to the movie's entertainment.