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Rent

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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

We gave it an A-

Jonathan Larson’s pop-rock tribute to the East Village bohemia of the late 1980s doesn’t look like a musical that would age well, but what was oppressive on stage — all that righteous passion! — is lightened, liberated in the film. The characters don’t just break into song; they burst into who they are. What shines through is the beauty of Larson’s bohemia: not to be a rebel but, simply, to be alive.