Rent Soundtrack

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Just enough for most casual fans. Teens and up.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Real, flawed, honest, and interesting.

Violence

Vivid descriptions of street life, but nothing explicit.

Sex

Some gritty sexual innuendo.

Language

Several four-letter words in some of the lyrics.

Consumerism

It's a movie tie-in...

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some coy allusions to drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are a few four-letter words involved in the lyrics, but the songs are pretty tame given that the subject matter of the movie involves the gritty side of urban life, including young people dealing with poverty, alternative lifestyles, love, and the AIDS virus.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written byTsion September 5, 2010

Brilliant, but Rough...

First off, parents should be warned that both the complete and "highlights only" editions of the RENT soundtrack are explicit and are for ages 15+ onl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bywicked_njo September 13, 2014

The Best

I love musical theatre in general and this album is outstanding. Definitely not for younger kids but amazing music
Teen, 14 years old Written bymorethanmemory September 28, 2011

Amazing.

Rent is a fantastic musical. The messages are great and the characters are inspiring, helping me to get through of the worst of days.

What's the story?

Although diehard RENT fans probably already own the two-disc Original Broadway Cast Recording, this 17-track CD sampler of songs from the 2005 movie version will be more than enough to satisfy most newer, more casual fans. More than a taste, less than overkill, it provides a sampler of incredibly performed musical highlights from director Chris Columbus' big-screen adaptation of the popular stage musical, itself based on Puccini's "La Boheme."

Is it any good?

Given that the subject matter of the movie involves the gritty side of urban life, the songs are pretty tame. Lines like "I didn't recognize you without the handcuffs" (in "Light My Candle") or the joyfully howled lyrics in "Out Tonight" are as thematically risqué as it gets, and parental mileage will vary on appropriateness for younger kids and tweens. Impressive vocal performances and excellent musicianship, along with careful song selections and sequencing, cause the album to bubble along, perfectly paced and seamlessly mixed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about older teens' hopes and fears about living independently as young adults. They can also talk about classics inspiring modern productions, as Rent is based on Puccini's "La Boheme."

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