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Loved It, Loved It, Loved It
I will admit, I was terrified to see this movie. I've been in love with the play for almost ten years now, and I was dreading another adaptation that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. My fears, however, were unwarranted. This is by far my favorite stage to screen adaptation, and even my boyfriend who admittedly hates musicals, liked it.
That being said, there were a few songs not included in this film. Other than the "goodbye, Love" and "Halloween" that a previous poster mentioned, they also did not include "Contact". I was a little disappointed, since I was curious how the director would handle the sex scene, but the route he chose was fantastic nonetheless.
The acting was superb. Rosario Dawson (Mimi) totally exceeded my expectations, and I was thrilled to see so much of the original cast in the film. everyone did a wonderful job, and I was moved to tears more than once, laughed out loud a few times, and quietly sang along with some of the more memorable tunes.
The only people in the theater that did not seem to enjoy it, were a couple of teenage boys that probably had no clue it was even a musical, or dealt with homosexual relationships and AIDS, and whatnot. They left after about 20 minutes, uttering profanities as they exited the theater. Hehehe.
If you are a hardcore Rent-Head, a fan of musicals, or just someone looking for a unique and thought provoking 2 hours, I HIGHLY recommend seeing this movie. I will most definitely be seeing it a few more times while it is still in theaters.