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How on Earth did I miss that???
Really?!? I've been looking forward to this movie forever. So, how did I miss that 6 of the 8 lead characters were being played by the actors from the original Broadway cast? Good lord woman! Really. Fucking. Unbelievable. I've impressed myself with that bit of cluelessness!
First of all, I thought that RENT was wonderful! I'm not sure at what point I decided that I was completely thrilled with the movie, but I do remember consciously thinking it. Early on--very early, like when it started without the very first song ("Tune Up #1") I was still skeptical. I couldn't figure out why they needed to change the order of events from the first act, or make it 3 days long instead of all on Christmas Eve. But, it doesn't matter. It worked. Beautifully. For those that haven't seen the play, it will flow and make perfect sense. Well, as much sense as any movie where people randomly start singing to/at/with each other and everyone seems to know all the words. I already know for sure that I will be buying the DVD when it comes out.
I also know that my children are not going to see it any time soon! They both desperately want to see it. They have been listening to the soundtrack since before birth. Heck, I've seen the show 3 times--the first I was pregnant with Bailey and the third I was pregnant with Jared.
I'd take them to the play, but not the film version. The play leaves much to the imagination and most of that would go right over their heads. They already know (and love) the music. Jared has been walking around yelling, "Viva la vie Boheme!" for the last 2 weeks. But the movie was much more...explicit is the only word I can think of to accurately describe it.
And, it's not about sex. I think that would still go over the kids' heads. Honestly, I think that they could watch the scene with Mimi dancing at the Cat Scratch and not think much of it. It really wasn't all that different from what they already see on MTV. I don't think either child would have issue with Maureen and Joanne or Collins and Angel being a couple. They know that not all couples are boy-girl.
I even think that seeing the scenes with the dealer would be fine for them. I mean, they hear about "drugs" as this mythical thing that they are supposed to avoid. Knowing that someone actually sells the drugs to you would be a good lesson for them.
It's the drug use, and the death, that I think was too explicit for them. I mean, it's one thing to know what drugs are, or that a perfectly normal looking person can be the one selling them. It's even fine to see the way they depict Roger and his girlfriend getting him to use. The kids need to understand that it may be someone that they know and trust, even love, who offers them drugs. But, at 3 and 6, they do not need to see multiple scenes with people shooting up.
As for the death...I don't have a problem with them seeing death in a movie. I mean, we took them to see Goblet of Fire knowing that Cedric dies at the end. No, it's the graphic nature of Angel's death that I think the kids aren't old enough to see yet.
I'm pretty easy-going about this kind of stuff. I don't shield the boys from a lot. Ryan and I both believe in honesty and openness with the kids. And, we both agree that it will be a looooooooooong time before they see this movie!past | future
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