525,600 Minutes

Rent is the movie version of the hit musical of the same name. It features a cast of almost every member of the original broadway lineup. Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel, and Taye Diggs are returning cast members. While Rosario Dawson and Tracie Thoms replace Daphne Rubin-Vega and Fredi Walker respectively. I never knew much about this musical beforehand. Other than the fact that my theater class would occasionally play songs from it. Needless to say I wasn’t expecting what I watched. Rent is about people called Bohemians (a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer). They live in the same building and deal with problems like paying the rent. It’s also set from 1989-1990, when the AIDS epidemic was in full swing. That’s what I wasn’t expecting from the movie. It may be a musical (with some pretty good songs), but that doesn’t make its subject matter any less edgy. Rent features a gay couple, a lesbian couple, characters dying from AIDS, two F bombs, brief female nudity, and somehow it didn’t get an R rating. That just doesn’t make much sense to me. If high schools find it too edgy to perform, why did it get a PG-13 rating? Some musicals work well enough on stage, while others just don’t translate well to film. Rent might have benefited from a different direction.


“La Vie Boheme!”

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