Rent: Directed by Chris Columbus. With Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin. This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.
“u0026quot;Rentu0026quot; is an excellent adaptation of the stage musical. It is handsomely filmed and very well acted. The movie version takes the story out into cityu0026#39;s real locations.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMost of this movie is singing, but it is so well done it never breaks the u0026#39;suspension of disbeliefu0026#39; that as an audience we grant the fiction we are watching.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis u0026#39;rock operettau0026#39; is about a group loft-dwelling u0026#39;Bohemianu0026#39; New Yorkers, some of whom have AIDS. The stage version has a devoted following of u0026#39;Rentheadsu0026#39; including director Chris Columbus, for whom this film was a labor of love.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI saw it with several young people and they really connected with the storyu0026#39;s message of friendship, tolerance and living every day to the fullest. Some elderly members of the audience thought the music was being played too loud and they couldnu0026#39;t identify with the lifestyle depicted in the story.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis movie could attain the cult status of the stage musical.”