Gay Essential Films To Watch, Rent

Rent is the story of a group of young Bohemians living in the East Village of New York City, including Mark (Anthony Rapp) and Roger (Adam Pascal). One day Mark and Roger learn that their rent is going to be due soon, despite having been previously waived. Their landlord also reveals that he plans to evict nearby homeless people and establish a cyber café, and that they can continue rent-free if they convince Mark’s ex-girlfriend to cancel a protest of this plan, which they refuse.

A drag queen finds their former roommate, Tom, in an alleyway after a mugging, and helps him out, then finds that they both have AIDS. Meanwhile, Roger, who is HIV-positive, tries to write his last great song, and is soon visited by an exotic dancer named Mimi. Events continue, and many of the friends begin to attend an AIS support group named Life Support.

After Mark’s ex-girlfriend’s protest concludes, a riot ensues, and Mark sells the footage to a local news studio. Their landlord decries their lifestyle, but the group persists, breaking back into their newly-padlocked apartment the next day. Mark takes a job at that same local news studio, while Angel the drag queen soon succumbs to AIDS, and Roger moves to Santa Fe, until they all reunite a year later to celebrate the joy of being alive.



“One of the best film musicals in years — exuberant, sexy and life affirming in equal measure.”
   Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s a pretty good version of a pretty great stage phenomenon.”
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Did You Know?

Rent is based on a Broadway production that has been performed over 5,000 times, making it the 9th-longest running production on Broadway of all time. Much of the original cast of the performance reprised their roles for the film. Most fans of the story still prefer the stage performance to the film, but it’s an important part of gay cinematic history nevertheless. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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Alexander Ryll
When I couldn’t find a gay themed romantic film online via search engines or on any websites in early 2014, I created Gay Essential. launched in June 2014 we regularly promote rare and new gay-themed titles. Gay Essential is the first independent film website to categorize gay-themed films making it easier for visitors to learn about films based on their mood preference. Together with an incredible writing talent, we promote films and we make it easy for you to purchase them based on your location. Please add your support and purchase one of our incredible gay themed film T Shirts , unique and full of attitude.
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