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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.
Why Is Rent Rated PG-13?
Rent is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving drugs and sexuality, and for some strong language.
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In spite of the PG-13 rating, there are frequent depictions of Mimi purchasing drugs and shooting up (content usually reserved for R-rated titles). Her seductive and lewd dance routine at the bar earns her the money she needs to buy her stash. Numerous same-sex kisses and cross-dressing scenes are portrayed. While violence is relatively brief, one man is mugged and beaten in an alley. He subsequently rigs a bank machine in order to get free cash. Later when Maureen hosts a protest rally, hostility breaks out between the crowd and police. Set in the early era of the AIDS epidemic, the characters worry about the outcome of this disease that is propagated, in part, by their community’s lifestyle. Using crude and explicit dialogue, the characters also display a lack of respect for the livelihoods or reputations of others.
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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DVD release Date: 21 February 2006
Rent fans will feel they’ve found the penthouse with this 2-Disc Special Edition featuring over three hours of bonus extras. Much of that time is spent paying tribute to the musical’s creator Jonathan Larson. His story is told in a documentary titled, No Day But Today, which is broken into five-parts: Days of Inspiration(Jonathan Larsons formative years: childhood through college), Leap of Faith (Larsons move to New York City and the projects/experiences that led to the writing of Rent), Another Day (the creation of the musical Rent from conception to final dress rehearsal), Without You (an account of the shows amazing journey from success Off-Broadway to its current status as worldwide phenomenon, all in the wake of Jonathan Larsons untimely death), and Over the Moon (the making of the movie and a tribute to Jonathan Larson).There is also a plug for the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation: National Marfan Foundation, five deleted scenes and musical performances, as well as a commentary by the director and cast. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English and French.