November 12, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Rent

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
135 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/23/05
performer
Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin, Adam Pascal, Tracie Thoms
director
Chris Columbus
distributor
Revolution Studios
author
Stephen Chbosky, Chris Columbus
genre
Musical

…or are the people behind the film version of Rent actually trying to screw things up? When it was announced Chris Columbus would direct the adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning 1996 musical, we held our tongues — even though Harry Potter and Home Alone are hardly suitable prep for a show about transvestites, drug users, and faux-hemians. But now that Revolution plans to use original Broadway cast members, we must ask: What? Won’t casting stage performers a decade too old to play the show’s feckless twentysomethings pose a credibility problem? Next thing we know, they’ll say New York City will be played by Vancouver.

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