Monday, June 12, 2006

Movie Review: Rent

I managed to not see the movie or the musical, and to be completely ignorant of the plot, until last month. Here's my plot summary:

There's a bunch of "bohemians". They refuse to get jobs, because that would interfere with their art. The fact that they are artists means that they shouldn't have to pay for rent or heat or electricity like the rest of us - their landlord and the rest of us non-artistic taxpayers should support them, because their status as "bohemians" makes them superior to everyone else.

They are also morally superior to the rest of us because of their support for the homeless. They don't actually give any money to homeless people, because they don't have any money. They don't pay any taxes that could be used for shelters, food kitchens, drug treatment programs, housing subsidies, or mental health treatment. But they seem to think that the performance art is going to make some sort of difference.

The landlord who wants to evict the homeless people so that he can start a profitable (and tax-paying) business is a selfish bastard.

Is there something I missed, or was that really the plot?


Blogger Legally Intoxicated (Retired) said...

I haven't actually "seen" it, but I heard that everyone also has AIDS.

2:19 PM  

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