Who's In It: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Billy Zane, Alyson Michalka
The Basics: Most teens dream of the day that they accept their high school diploma with one hand, and use the other to cut the apron strings and toss back a shot of tequila illegally. COLLEGE! Just so things don't get too perfect away from home, most freshmen have to share their rooms--and such is the case for Sara (Mika Kelly) and Rebecca (Leighton Meester). Don't let their Biblical names fool you--these girls are about to embark on a wild underage ride full of boys, stylish clothes, and crazy eyes. Sara is just trying to get integrated into the fashion department of the school, while Rebecca is just trying to wear the skin of any pretty brunette that is nice to her. You already know this story.
What's the Deal: This movie doesn't tip the scale as the most bonkers "Crazy Girl Threatens Sane Girl" movie, nor is Meester the craziest of the Crazies. Everything about it is very middle of the road, but since these movies so often travel into So Bad It's Good territory, that's not a huge deal. All that matters in pictures like this is whether or not it makes you yell things out loud in the theater. This movie has several, which makes it a decent way to spend your time, especially if you are with friends or drunk. If you're looking for a well-acted, truly engaging spine tingler, stay at home and watch Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. If you are a hard core horror fan, there's nothing here for you at all, so go track down 2007's Inside.
A Little Perspective: Screenwriter Sonny Mallhi is the executive producer of several films that left me feeling similar to this one when the credits rolled. The Lake House is his only romantic drama, and the rest are spooky flicks that are great for rainy afternoons or nights where you want an excuse to jump in someone's lap. Some from the list are Shutter,The Strangers, and Possession. This one fits right in.
You Might As Well Stop Trying: to win the award for "Best Eye Roll Into The Back of the Head" for 2011. When you see this ocular move in the movie, just know that it's about to get NASTY. Meester is well-cast in this role because of her movie star looks--she doesn't immediately set off your alarm bells, so when she flashes that blank sociopath stare, you wonder if you really saw it. I will assure you that you did, because about 35 minutes later she's finishing somebody off in the bathroom like a Tub N' Tile Ninja. She is committed enough to make it work and make it fun.