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What Every Movie Musical Has Gotten Wrong (& Right) Since Rent

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    Rent, the only musical soundtrack you had to hide from your parents in high school, turns 10 today. Well, the movie adaptation does. Musical movie adaptations fill Broadway nerds with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that rival Stars Wars superfans. Will the most important song be included? Will the leads actually be able to sing (not at all a given)? Will it be a horrifying mess that insults the source material, like A Chorus Line, or an impressive Oscar-winning feat, like Chicago?

    Though it would be great to think teens and thirtysomethings' love for the music and lyrics of Jonathan Larson kicked off a decade packed with movie musical adaptations, the boom can probably be traced to High School Musical, which came out two months later. Still, it's interesting to see which musicals made the triumphant leap from the Great White Way to the box office, and which ones fell, like an actor in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Check it all out in the slides, ahead, and remember to crank "La Vie Boheme."

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    Hairspray (2007)

    Hairspray showed comedic roles don't have to be filled by the strongest singers. They cast the big name actors, leaving other leads open for amazing unknowns like Nikki Blonsky and Taylor Parks (and FYI, Elijah Kelley, who fantastically played Seaweed, is starring as the Scarecrow in The Wiz Live!).

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    Dreamgirls (2006)

    Casting Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in any singing roles is always a good idea. This was also a musical that wasn't afraid to really live in the film world, rather than confine itself to the stage, creating dynamic montages within a single song.

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    Sweeney Todd (2007)

    Even Tim Burton critics have to admit — the guy can set a mood. With the creepy factor ratcheted all the way up, all the musical numbers seem connected in a way that's often missing in movie musical adaptations.

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    Mamma Mia! (2008)

    Sometimes, the best thing an adaptation can do is embrace the crazy theatrics. When multiple Academy Award-winning actors are going to be thrusting in sequins and spandex, you have to be 100% in or 100% out (and they went all in).

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    Nine (2009)

    Was it too Italian? Not Italian enough? We may never know. Casting Fergie was definitely a good move, though.