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Parents' Guide to

tick, tick...BOOM!

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Moving tribute to late composer has language, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2021 115 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

If you like Rent and musicals similar to Rent then go for it, if not then stay away!

This film is everything I dislike about musicals. The style, the outbursts, the elaborate stagings that the audience is supposed to invest in that then goes back to a less glamorous reality. I am not a fan of Rent and this film is in the style of Larson's Rent (obviously) hence my extreme displeasure in watching this film. A lot has been said about Garfield's performance. I cannot critique it since I just wanted him to stop for an hour and 50 minutes.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Miranda's adaptation of Larson's musical is a brilliantly performed, heartwarming homage to a legend who died before his genius was appreciated. With Larson's music and Steven Levenson's (Dear Evan Hansen, Fosse/Verdon) screenplay, the musical comes to life thanks to Garfield's excellent portrayal. The actor enthusiastically conveys Larson's passion for musical theater, the reverence he feels for his influences -- particularly Stephen Sondheim (who's played by Bradley Whitford) -- and the possibility of making his dreams come true. The songs are funny, candid, and evocative of life as a struggling artist in New York City in 1990. "Sunday" is a fabulous tribute to Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and offers musical-theater fans a cameo-filled sequence featuring a host of award-winning Broadway legends (including Miranda himself). It will spoil the fun to mention who's in the number, but it's clear that LMM's reach is far and wide.

In addition to Garfield, the talented cast features Pose star M.J. Rodriguez as Larson's fellow diner waiter, The Boys in the Band star De Jesus as his best friend, and Vanessa Hudgens in a noteworthy supporting role as one of the two main singers in the show within a show. The ensemble is fabulous, but this is definitely Larson's show, and Garfield is award-worthy in his performance. Miranda could easily have cast himself in the part (he acted in a limited production of tick, tick ... Boom in 2013, with Leslie Odom Jr. and Karen Olivo), so it's noteworthy that he chose Garfield instead and stayed (mostly) behind the camera. Regardless of whether audiences know that Larson -- who, tragically, died of an aortic dissection just before Rent's first off-Broadway preview performance -- had written a musical before the seminal show that won him posthumous accolades, they'll be delighted to see this musical go from stage to screen.

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