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Rent

In this film adaptation of the Broadway Musical, eight bohemian New Yorkers, who have somehow managed to eek out an existence in the city's East Village, sing and whine about the injustices of corporate life and a landlord who has the audacity to expect them to pay their Rent. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Theater Release: 12 Nov 2005
Video Release: 20 Feb 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The film’s characters profess there is “no day but today.” While there is some truth to this adage, there are still consequences that result from daily choices. What price does each of the characters pay for their decisions? Why is Benny criticized for the alternative he chooses?

Why does Mark leave his job? What audience does he hope to impact with his independent films? What social statement, if any, is he trying to make?

Why doesn’t the homeless woman want Mark using her in his documentary? Rather than being showcased in his film, what does this woman need to better her situation? Why is it sometimes easier to talk about problems (or film them) than actually deal with them?

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