Rent

2005, Romance/Lgbtq+, 2h 15m

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Fans of the stage musical may forgive Rent its flaws, but weak direction, inescapable staginess and an irritating faux-boho pretension prevent the film from connecting on screen. Read critic reviews

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In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger (Adam Pascal), an HIV-positive musician, scramble for money to pay rent to their landlord and former roommate, Benny (Taye Diggs). Meanwhile, their friend Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a professor, has fallen for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), who is slowly dying of AIDS.

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  • Jul 31, 2017
    Nothing rings true in this insufferable musical that doesn't have any focus and is filled with awful songs of pedestrian lyrics (some of them sung by terrible singers), centered on a completely artificial and outdated idea of New York based on stereotypes and clichés.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2012
    Seriously, people didn't notice how great this film adaptation of the musical really is. It offers a more realistic look at the musical, that is less stagy off course. The actors that played each characters were perfectly casted, even went beyond the original cast. It's a little gem that deserves to be recognized.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2010
    In trying to let the classic songs and the classic story speak for themselves, Chris Columbus' direction comes off as totally uninspired and boring. Despite this the movie succeeds because the songs are classic and so is the touching and timeless story. The actors are all too old for the roles, but since they originated them it's nothing but natural. "Rent" is an iconic musical with an important message.
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2010
    A fulfilling film with some catchy music to boot.
    Jay H Super Reviewer

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