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At Theaters: 11/23/2005 On Video: 2/21/2006
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 15 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449987
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Rosario Dawson SIN CITY, ALEXANDER, THE RUNDOWN, 25TH HOUR
Taye Diggs MALIBU'S MOST WANTED, BROWN SUGAR, NEW BEST FRIEND
Wilson Jermaine Heredia FLAWLESS
Jesse L. Martin THE RESTAURANT, SEASON OF YOUTH
Idina Menzel Broadway - WICKED
Adam Pascal Broadway - RENT
Anthony Rapp A BEAUTIFUL MIND. ROAD TRIP
Tracie Thoms TV's - WONDERFALLS
Director: Chris Columbus HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
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Production Notes Heading
Jonathan Larson And The Musical "Rent"
Bringing "Rent" To The Screen
The Casting
The Music, The Movement, The Message
From Stage To Film

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Content Heading
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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Above Average

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Roger Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 166 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
Very High
87%
13-19Teens (F)
23
Very High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
23
Very High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
39
Very High
92%
30+Adults (M)
22
Fairly High
82%
30+Adults (F)
44
High
82%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 THOMS).

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.

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