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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005

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Director:
Chris Columbus
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Rent is a 2005 movie adaptation of the popular Broadway musical of the same name. Mark (Anthony Rapp) and Roger (Adam Pascal) do not want to pay their rent. Their landlord and former roommate Benjamin Coffin III (Taye Diggs) is planning on kicking the homeless people out of the lot next to their building so he can build a cyber studio. He tells Mark and Roger that he will give them free rent if they can talk Mark's ex-girlfriend, Maureen (Idina Menzel) into stopping her protest. Another former roommate of Mark and Roger's, Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin), is back in town and is assaulted. He is found by a drag queen named Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia) and the two reveal to each other that they have AIDS and agree to attend a Life Support meeting together. Mark is going to go to the Life Support meeting as well, but Roger, who also has AIDS does not. One night, the group sees a homeless man being abused by a police officer and Mark gets it on film. He sells the film to a news station and Benny then offers him free rent. As the group eventually goes their separate ways, they are reunited a year later to mourn over the loss of loved ones and to tell each other how they truly feel.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Often dramatically jumbled and musically muddled - but every time the film seemed ready to tip into awfulness, the sneer on my lips was trumped by the lump in my throat.

  • 60

    Variety David Rooney

    Director Chris Columbus has pasted the grungy "La Boheme" update onto film with slavish respect for the original material but a shortage of stylistic imagination and raw emotions.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Rent is commodified faux bohemia on a platter, eliciting the same kind of numbing soul-sadness as children's beauty pageants, tiny dogs in expensive boots, Mahatma Gandhi in Apple ...

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      • Mark, Angel, Maureen, Roger, Collins, Ben, and Mimi: Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love... seasons of love.

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    Categories

    Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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    Musicals