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Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. Rent is based on Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer and Tony Award® winning musical, one of the longest running shows on Broadway. The raw and riveting musical stars Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp and Tracie Thoms and is directed by Chris Columbus.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: 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.
June 21, 2017
The movie, directed without a personal stamp of any kind by Chris Columbus, is so slick that the g...
January 29, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
The film captures the beautiful spirit and the raw energy of Larson's play, and it respects the wo...
January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Says
Vibrant musical-based movie has sex, drugs, cursing.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rent is the 2005 movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. The mid-1990s musical addressed topics like AIDS awareness and love regardless of sexual orientation at a time when America was beginning to be more tolerant and accepting of the LGBTQ community, and the movie also addresses these themes head-on. The movie also celebrates being true to yourself, nonconformity, and the ups and downs of artists trying to stay true to themselves without selling out in a New York City on the verge of serious gentrification. Some drug use -- characters shown buying, and for a few seconds, shooting up heroin, and later going through withdrawal symptoms. Brief female nudity -- one of the lead characters moons a table of yuppie developers at a bar. One of the lead characters makes a living as a stripper, is shown dancing provocatively - -spreading her legs, taking cash from customers before sliding her hand down her panties. Some sexual references in songs --talk of masturbation and female sex toys. Some violence -- an outdoor performance art piece ends when bottle-breaking audience members get into an altercation with billy club-swinging police officers. Some marijuana smoking. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t," among other words.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:November 23, 2005
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD