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8 Mile

7.11 h 50 min2002X-RayR
HD. Eminem stars in this semi-autobiographical story about an aspiring rapper who dreams of escaping his life of crushing poverty in Detroit.
Curtis Hanson
EminemKim BasingerBrittany Murphy
English [CC]
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Mekhi Phifer
Brian GrazerCurtis HansonJimmy Iovine
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sixthreezyReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
8 Mile - 1 Star. 2 Star. 3 Star. 4. And I'll. Give It. 1 Star. More.
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I hadn't seen this movie in a long time. I've always been a casual fan of Eminem until about 2010 when the legend caught up to me. The man has real talent, and this movie is just more proof of the same. It's raw talent, and he's not Eminem in this movie either, but he's also not not Eminem in this movie. And it works, tremendously! The movie actually holds up pretty well all this time later. Even though the premise may be a little shallow for those who don't understand the importance of battling, the film is a powerhouse. Director Curtis Hanson paints so many beautiful scenes into this movie that it's hard not to enjoy.

What I love about this film is that it overcomes it's main star's notoriety, but also uses it to give you something to start with when Rabbit hits the screen. You know who he is and you sort of might know where he comes from, and then the journey goes off with the filmmaker showing you what people from 8 Mile think of him. From there it grows as each rap or battle becomes more intense, and more real. I love that throughout the film you hear chopped versions of Lose Yourself like it's coming to him during the movie and he's creating the song with you watching. The film has a very artistic touch in that way that it's shot and put together, and I really enjoyed that on the re-watch as well. It doesn't look particularly great in the Blu-ray format, but it has some good special features including a Making of and a BTS Rap Battle they hosted during the shoots and they caught some fun footage with Eminem.

After watching this again, I think that it's honestly the best movie about a rapper coming up other than Hustle & Flow. 50 Cent's movie came out around the same time and wasn't nearly as good as 8 Mile was. Eminem holds his own as a dramatic actor and despite being kind of quiet, drums up a lot of emotion in his scenes with the little girl Lily. Kim Basinger is great but feels somewhat out of place at times, while Mekhi Phifer is also outstanding as Future. Fun seeing early Michael Shannon as the man with Rabbit's mom, as well as Anthony Mackie's Papa Doc who is ultimately the main bad guy of the movie. So many great cameos like John Singleton as well (RIP), but I highly recommend this film to anyone who hasn't seen it! If you're a fan of rap you'll enjoy the movie, but I'd like to say that even if you're into a "down but not out" drama, this is a winner for sure.
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Mark S. CrawfordReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A slow burn that pays off
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I consider this movie a slow burn. It’s one that requires patience to let develop. The payoff – especially for those who appreciate the art of rapping – is worth the wait. The entire movie builds for the final sequences.

The main character, aptly played by Eminem, lives and works in a gritty part of Detroit. Even the hues in the film are muted to add to the dismal environment that Rabbit is trying to endure. Rabbit has skills, and his friends know he has skills; he’s just got to “bring it.” As his talent and confidence grow each of Rabbit’s friends have different ideas of what success looks like for him, as well as how success might look for each member of the group. One by one, Rabbit realizes that how his friends define success is not how he defines success. They all want the external rewards; Rabbit wants to overcome his challenges while being true to himself. As obstacles and opportunities present themselves – such as his work at the factory, his situation with his mom, participating in rap battles, and encouragement from Brittany Murphy’s character – Rabbit grows in his determination and conviction.

Without giving away too much, in the final scenes/rap battle, he realizes who he is, accepts it, and proudly proclaims it, and in doing so, establishes a line that he dares others to cross. It took the whole movie to percolate and boil over to have this dramatic ending. To me, the final sequence was so effective it made me want to know what happens next to Rabbit. This movie has no “happy ending,” per se; it’s more like witnessing the metamorphosis of a character. It would take another movie to see how far Rabbit goes with his skills and confidence. If you’re into music/rap, consider giving this movie a shot. Be patient, watch the whole thing, note how Rabbit’s relationships with his friends change and deepen, and see how this plays out in the end.

(rated R for language)
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Richard L.Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
No matter how bad anything seem like it can get
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To anybody contemplating whether or not to actually watch this movie, just stop reading this post and actually watch it, then come back and finish this review. It's ok, I can wait.
Ok, now that you actually watched the movie, first off this movie has an astounding effect of showing you how to overcome the struggle of everyday life, and how to stay on your dream. No matter how bad anything seem like it can get, things can always be worse, That anything that doesnt kill you can only make you stronger. How easy it is to just gie up and go home but there is something still pushing you, This is Marshall Mathers Story, You have no right to honestly judge and say it was a bad movie. Just have a better understanding, That is how good this movie was.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
How Eminem had to overcome his insecurities and poverty to find his voice as a rapper
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8 Mile is a very entertaining biopic of rapper Eminem starring the artist himself. It mixes his hardscrabble upbringing with his desire to become a rapper. He not only has to overcome being a white guy in an African American community but his own insecurities about his abilities.

Eminem’s struggles are highlighted at the start of the movie. He takes part in a freestyle rap battle in a club and is too nervous to even say a word and gets booed off the stage. Then he returns home which is in a trailer park. The story focuses upon how Eminem was going to overcome his daily struggles with work and family and get the confidence to move forward with his rapping skills. That’s what makes the movie worthwhile to watch.
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amy hunterReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting, characters and writing.
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I’ve watched this movie twice: when it first came out and then this summer. I still find it as an enthralling story as the first time I watched it. The setting in Detroit is as real as it gets. Firstly, it’s a story about the struggle of almost all middle to low income families in America today. Then the story is about taking the dreams of people struggling to survive day-to-day paycheck to paycheck and determinedly going after the dream. Eminem is not only a thoughtful and creative songwriter and rapper, but also a great character actor. Is it easy to believe the struggles the character goes through dealing with every day life and trying to make that life better.
RhiannonReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must have for Eminem fans!!
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A must have for Eminem fans!! I have loved this movie since its' release and I have now passed that love on to my 13 year old daughter. She is one of the biggest Em fans I I just knew she had to have the movie.

And yes Karen, before you comment, I know that some of the scenes may not be age appropriate for you sheltered teenage daughter...but I am open and honest with mine so take your hypocritical a$$, condescending comments somewhere else.

Anywho!! This movie is awesome!! The rap battles in it are amazing... definitely the Eminem we all grew up with and love!!
F. GreeneReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reality at it's BEST!!!!!
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Love this movie, 8 Mile!!! So much truth to the storyline, everyday people are able to relate. Some of the language could have been toned down, but reality is. that's the way it is, language, behavior, etc. Shows how to stand up for yourself, you don't have to fold under peer pressure. Not only did this young man strive to reach his goal with his music, he also remembered there were everyday responsibilities he had to maintain. Sorry to say facts are, this is the way the average person lives, struggle for everyday things, things are not handed to you , like it was in 'Leave it to Beaver'. Not everyone has a nice house, two parent families, food, easy life, fancy clothes, or even a childhood. This is movie is several years old, but the message is timeless, it is REAL!! Rabbit's music was his escape, it was his balance. If you are looking for a cutesy movie, a feel good fantasy rags to riches movie, this is not it! This gives you a slight peek into a blue collars' life, no sugar coating, no pretending. I bought this for my nephew, a teenager, he was rooting for Rabbit during the faceoff, later we discussed how hard his life was. Good eye opener for these kids today!!! I myself can watch it over and over.
6 people found this helpful
Keith HoffmanReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
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This is the 5th movie I have paid in full to buy from Amazon. This review is a mix of both the movie, but mostly Amazon. As for the movie: I am not a heavy "rap" person, although grew up in the 80's and yes, always loved my NWA and Ghetto Boys, along with many others. This movie however, WOW! It almost have a Rocky 2 type feel to it and will suck you in and get you hyped up. It is good, probably great, go see it, although I am sure everyone has already.
As for Amazon: As mentioned above, the 5th movie paid for at full price and not a rental. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, THE AUDIO ABSOLUTELY SUCKS! AMAZON, YOU ARE A RIP OFF! I gave 2 stars as the movie is good, but be prepared to go out and buy some high quality headphones as you WILL NEVER HEAR A THING ON THEIR MOVIES! AMAZON, HONEY, GURL, STAN, MAN, GET SOME VOLUME UP OR I'LL THROW YOU IN A TUNA CAN! There, do I sound like Marshall? Very, very disappointed in Amazon............. but excellent movie!
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