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)
Continuity mistake: When Mark is editing his film at the end of the movie, there is a segment of Angel when he was singing "Today 4 U," Mark never filmed during that scene. At no point during Angel's performance does Mark pick up his camera and film Angel. We see Mark without his camera just watching Angel. (00:26:50 - 01:54:55)
Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the film, Angel enters Mark's apartment with Tom and does her (his?) dance on the furniture. Notice that the long table has crumbs all over it. Fast forward one year later when Mimi is carried up to the apartment and placed on the table. Miraculously, the same crumbs are there. After her quick recovery, the crumbs are not only gone, but the table is polished. (00:28:40 - 02:00:00)
Continuity mistake: During the second time Mimi is in the Catscratch Club, she leans back in front of a couple gentlemen at the front of the stage taking some money. Well if you look really close right before she grabs the money in the full body length shot, some money is in the front of her underwear. Yet when she grabs the money, there is nothing there and she's just starting to put money there. (01:41:25)
Continuity mistake: During the subway scene, Tom is singing and dancing, a blonde lady gets up and moves to the single chaired seat at the back of the train. In a subsequent shot from the same angle, she vanishes completely. She isn't in either her old or new seat or anywhere else to be seen on the train. Then she magically reappears. The director and cast members laugh about it in the DVD commentary. (00:56:50)
Continuity mistake: During "Santa Fe," watch the woman who moves to the seat behind where Collins is singing. She will sit down then a cut later you see her sitting down again, and even farther into the scene she disappears completely for a shot. This is even mentioned in the movie commentary. (00:57:00)
Continuity mistake: In Santa Fe, right after Collins does the forwards/backwards flip, a man can be seen over his shoulder putting on a black hat. The shot then cuts away then cuts back, and the man is once again putting on his black hat which should already be on his head.
Factual error: During a pan over midtown between scenes, the camera shows the Metlife building with the Metlife logo. However, in 1989 the Metlife building still had the Pan-Am logo on it. It was not changed until 1991.
Continuity mistake: During "You'll See" Benny throws a ball of paper at Roger which he then puts on the hood of Benny's Range Rover. Throughout the scene that ball of paper moves too many times to count. A couple of times it disappears from the shot completely, other times it moves far left or right but rarely is it in the same place twice. (00:12:05)
Continuity mistake: When Angel is first introduced to Mark and Roger, she hands them both money. When she gives it to Roger, he is holding it in his hand, but when the scene cuts to Angel, you can see over her shoulder, and Roger is tapping on his legs and the money is no where to be found. When it cuts back to the front of him, he's got the money again. (00:27:20)
Continuity mistake: When Collins introduced Angel to Roger and Mark, Angel holds out his hands with money in both hands. He then gives his right hand money to Roger yet in the front angle of him giving the second money to Mark, he gives Mark money from his right hand again. He wouldn't have had enough time to switch the money from hand to hand. (00:27:25)
Continuity mistake: When Tom is singing in the subway, he picks up a plastic cup and asks for money from Roger, Roger gives him a quarter and Tom gives it back, when Tom is done with the cup, he throws it on the ground to his right. However, right before the blonde lady moves to the back seat, the cup is laying on the seat where she sits. (00:56:20)
Continuity mistake: Towards the beginning of "Take Me or Leave Me", notice when Mark and Mimi walk into the background. In the next shot when you see the parents, you can see how close Mark is to them (his shoulder is in the frame). When they cut back to Maureen and Joanne, Mark is a lot further away from the parents. This is also mentioned in the commentary. (01:35:55)