The film is about a group of Bohemian artists struggling with love, success, and AIDS in the gritty East Village of New York City in the late 80s. It follows the stories of eight individuals whose lives collide on one Christmas and who become a family over the course of a year. There's Roger, a songwriter who shut himself off from the rest of the world after his girlfriend committed suicide upon learning that she was HIV-positive (Roger contracted the disease from her,) his new love, Mimi, an HIV-positive exotic dancer who is addicted to heroin, his roomate, Mark, a struggling filmmaker, Mark's ex-girlfriend, Maureen, who has left him for a lawyer named Joanne, Tom Collins, an HIV-positive college professor, Collins's lover, Angel, a transvestite with AIDS, and Benny, former roomate to Roger, Mark, Collins, and Maureen and now owner of the building.
Factual error: One of Angel's lyrics (in "Today For You, Tomorrow For Me) refers to the movie "Thelma and Louise." Rent (the movie) is set in 1989-90. "Thelma and Louise" was released in 1991. This was caused when they did the move from Broadway to the screen. The stage show did not specify the year. So when they adapted the stage show to the movie, they didn't check the references. Plus it just sounds cool. (00:28:25)K.C. Sierra
Question: Is Collins a homosexual? Because he loves Angel as a woman but Angel is actually a man. So is he gay because he loves a man or straight because he loves a woman?
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