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  • Drama
  • Musical
  • 2005
  • Chris Columbus
  • 129 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's hit Broadway musical loosely based on La Bohème. In New York's East Village at the tail end of the 1980s, young bohemians grapple with love, life and death against a backdrop of Aids and drug addiction.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Jonathan Larson's hit musical makes a slightly less than fabulous transition from stage to screen in this pedestrian adaptation by director Chris Columbus. Loosely based on La Bohème and set in New York's East Village at the tail end of the 1980s, it has a bunch of young bohemians variously battling Aids, attempting to establish artsy careers and falling in and out of love. The songs are of variable quality but are all energetically performed by a likeable young cast that includes Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson and Taye Diggs. One slight problem is that it's almost impossible to watch some of the routines without thinking of Matt Stone and Trey Parker's ruthless mickey-take Everyone Has Aids in their Team America: World Police. In the end, whether you enjoy this lightweight offering will depend on the level of nostalgia that you're willing to tolerate from the late 1980s.

Credits

Cast

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Roger DavisAdam Pascal
Mimi MarquezRosario Dawson
Benjamin Coffin IIITaye Diggs
Angel Dumott SchunardWilson Jermaine Heredia
Tom CollinsJesse L Martin
Maureen JohnsonIdina Menzel
Mark CohenAnthony Rapp
Joanne JeffersonTracie Thoms
SteveAaron Lohr
Alexi DarlingSarah Silverman

Crew

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DirectorChris Columbus

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2006-04-07
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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