Sound the alarm. Rent is available for check out on Hoopla.
I can’t think of any other stage musical-to-movie adaptation that I love more than Rent. I first saw it in the theater with my girlfriends in high school, and we all SOBBED and group-hugged at the end, embracing our friendship, and not taking this life for granted. (How many of those people am I still friends with? I’d rather not say…) But that memory of shared sadness and shared gratitude will stay with me forever.
Rent is about a group of adults, struggling to pay, well, rent! They're also struggling to find and keep love and to literally survive. There is a lively cast of characters ranging from a nerdy film-maker, a recovering rockstar, a drug-addicted exotic dancer, a gender defying diva, and an outspoken public speaker in leather pants. The movie spans about 1-year in their lives, and is filled with amazing music and heart. Honestly, it’s so good. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?
You’ve probably already bopped to Seasons of Love. Or you might be more familiar with Andy Bernard’s rendition from The Office. My favorite song, though, is What You Own.