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Based on Puccini's classic opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York's East Village. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic.
Musical Drama - This is a screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical.
Like the original production, this is aimed at a young adult crowd.
More conservative viewers should take note that the film deals
frankly with subjects such as drug addiction, AIDS, and homosexuality.
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 2 S-words, a couple of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity; clothed sexy dancing; same-sex kisses. VIOLENCE: Some pushing and shoving during a riot. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, heroin. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Wisecracks and physical gags; some suggestive humor.
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Roger EbertFull Review Above Average It is not a bad film. It may be about as good a film as the material can inspire. The performances have a presence and poignancy that can feel surprisingly real, given the contrivances of the story.
USA TodayFull Review Average With heavy HIV subtext and a couple of actors who have scored in other films, this La Bohème spinoff about fatal illness, drug addiction and eviction ought to be less of a slog than it is.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 166 moviegoers: First, let me say that this is a movie you REALLY have to read up on so you know exactly what to expect. If the storyline is something that interests you and you enjoy musicals then you will almost certainly enjoy "Rent" very much, as most moviegoers did. Neither age or gender seemed to make much difference in the opinions. Between half and three-quarters of the moviegoers loved "Rent" and most of the remaining ones rated it as an OK movie. There were a fair number who apparently didn't know what "Rent" was about because they rated it very low, with several walking out. So, again, BE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT "RENT" IS ABOUT BEFORE SELECTING IT and you will likely have a very good moviegoing experience.
Roger (ADAM PASCAL) is an aspiring songwriter who has
emotionally shut down after his girlfriend's suicide. Despite his attraction, he is
reluctant to start a new romance with his downstairs neighbor Mimi Marquez
(ROSARIO DAWSON), an exotic dancer struggling with "baggage of her own."
Roger's roommate Mark (ANTHONY RAPP) is a filmmaker trying to balance art
and commerce. His girlfriend Maureen (IDINA MENZEL), a self-indulgent
performance artist, recently left him for a lawyer named Joanne (TRACIE
Also part of this close-knit circle is Tom Collins (JESSE L. MARTIN), a professor
of philosophy who, after being mugged, is rescued by his soul mate, a high-spirited,
street drummer, Angel Shunard (WILSON JERMAINE HEREDIA).
Benny, (TAYE DIGGS), who alienated his friends after he married their landlord's
daughter, has reneged on his promise to provide rent-free artist space to his
bohemian friends. Once a close friend, he is now viewed as the enemy,
threatening them with eviction.