it is the material. Is Rent still relevant today? Sure, it discusses love, life and death, but the characters are limited by, for one, the lack of social networks online. Mark needn’t have waited a year to screen his documentary — he could have uploaded weekly episodes on YouTube. Maureen could’ve had a wider audience — the world in fact, via live streaming. Or Twitter. Benny could have had blackmailed Mimi with her sex video. There’d be no answering machines — everyone is visible and online.
In other words, I felt that the material was dated and therefore, less comprehensible for the young Pinoy, and the characters, less accessible to the actors.