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Running Time:
2 hours, 15 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for mature thematic material involving drugs and sexuality, and for some strong language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Despite many flaws, most of the energy, emotion and power that made it such a success on stage manages to come through on film.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Director & Selected Cast Commentary; Feature Length Documentary - No Day But Today: ; 1. Days of Inspiration - Jonathan Larson's formative years. His childhood through college; 2. Leap of Faith - Jonathan's move to NY and the subsequent experiences and projects that led up to writing RENT; 3. Another Day - The creation process of the musical RENT. From conception to the final dress rehearsal.; 4. Without You - The death of Jonathan Larson, we then follow the show's amazing success story from off-Broadway to worldwide phenomenon; 5. Over the Moon - covers the making of the movie with a final tribute to Jonathan Larson; Deleted Scenes and Musical Performances.

Borrowing bits of its story from La Bohème and with non-stop "singing," the plot involves a group of struggling bohemian artists, many of them with AIDS, and living in a large loft apartment in New York's East Village. Roger (Adam Pascal) is an aspiring songwriter who has emotionally shut down after his girlfriend's suicide. Despite his attraction to his downstairs neighbor Mimi Marquez (Rosario Dawson), he is reluctant to start a new affair. Roger's roommate Mark (Anthony Rapp) is a filmmaker who always has his camera in hand. His girlfriend Maureen (Idina Menzel), is a self-indulgent performance artist, who recently left him for a lawyer named Joanne (Tracie Thoms). Their former roomate Benny (Taye Diggs), has alienated his friends after marrying their landlord's daughter. He's reneged on his promise to continue allowing them to live in their artists space rent-free. Once their close friend, he is now viewed as the enemy since he's started threatening them with eviction. Another member of their close-knit circle is Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin - TV's "Law and Order"), a professor of philosophy who, after being mugged on the street, is rescued by his soul mate, a high-spirited transvestite named Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia).

Director Chris Columbus (Home Alone) doesn't quite have the flair that Rob Marshall brought to "Chicago" and Baz Luhrmann to "Moulin Rouge," but if you loved the stage production, or if you're crazy about movie musicals, you're going to be mightily entertained. If not, you might best avoid this well produced, but overly emotional rock opera.

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