This film adaptation of the Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini's opera La Bohème features many members of the original cast. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. AIDS and both its physical and emotional complications pervade the lives of Roger (Adam Pascal), Mimi (Rosario Dawson), Tom (Jesse L. Martin), and Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia); Maureen (Idina Menzel) deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne (Tracie Thoms), wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble; Benjamin (Taye Diggs) has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends; and Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general, always behind the camera recording the events but never playing a part. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
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This is a great movie about the lives of people society fights so hard to forget. A lot of people don't like this movie because it makes them look in the mirror and face their own short comings and failures. As soon as a person takes a turn off of the path of the American Dream they are outcast and made to feel ashamed. The fact that well known actors and actresses go out on the limb to perform in the production is reason enough to see it. I'm not into the artsy scene or the type of open mindedness that makes you forget how to live. But, I am into the story of lives and how different yet the same we all are. Open your eyes, broaden your horizons and stop living in your little world that is more of a jail than a life. I have seen the play and the movie several times and will again. It doesn't matter if it was a good movie or not, more importantly is... it was a necessary movie.