8 Mile (2002)
Critic Consensus: Even though the story is overly familiar, there's enough here for an engaging ride.
No matter whom we are, no matter where we live, we're all bound by borders. Many of us are content to live within these borders--others are simply forced to exist within them. But some of us need to break out, burst through, even if what is on the other side is both frightening and unknown. From this comes the tale of one young man's dilemma as he navigates his way through his colliding worlds. Set against Detroit's hip-hop scene in 1995, the story centers on Jimmy Smith Jr., a young white rapper, who struggles to find his voice. The people of Detroit know '8 Mile' as the city limit or a border. It is also a psychological dividing line that separates Jimmy from where and who he wants to be, as he struggles to find the strength and courage to transcend his boundaries. … More
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as Jimmy `Rabbit' Smith
as Cheddar Bob
as Sol George
as Lil Tic
as Shorty Mike
as DJ Iz
as Popa Doc
as Battle DJ
as Greg Buehl
as Club Patron
as Mrs. Helgeland
as Papa Doc's Girl
as First Parking Lot Ra...
as Second Parking Lot R...
as Third Parking Lot Ra...
as Willing Girl
as Alex's Friend
as Female Lunch Truck R...
as Male Lunch Truck Rap...
as Joe Lee Patton
as Plant Worker
as Lobby Security Guard
as WJLB Receptionist
as Big O
as WJLB Disc Jockey
as Roy Darucher
as Shorty Mike
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Critic Reviews for 8 Mile
It's easy to like Jimmy Smith as well as to admire him, because Mr. Mathers lets us in, with no sign of calculation, on the kindness, even tenderness, that Jimmy conceals from most of the people around him.
In the tradition of Rocky and Fever, the movie is a shrewdly engineered piece of proletarian pop -- a story of triumph -- but, like Eminem's enraged lyrics, 8 Mile has its own kind of vile candor.
In addition to showcasing Mathers, 8 Mile makes a case for rap as a creative rebel yell.
What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends.
Since his ascension to pop-culture royalty, Eminem has transformed the messy emotions of his life into musical black comedy. In 8 Mile, that life becomes an equally riveting drama.
Audience Reviews for 8 Mile
After the classic "Slim Shady" and "Marshall Mathers" LPs, Eminem hit the Hollywood show biz button with "The Eminem Show" (album) and "8 Mile" (film). The film is tailor made for the White Rapper. Eminem (as Jimmy "B Rabbit" Smith) blows a "Rap Battle", hangs with his Detroit 'hoodies, and nails slutty Brittany Murphy (as Alex). Eminem wants to be a Big Rap Star. He lives with trailer park trashy mother Kim Basinger (as Stephanie) and lil' blonde sista Chloe Greenfield (as Lily). Ms. Basinger gets to say the line, "Greg won't go down on me." Word way up...
Curiously, Eminem does not sport his familiar (at the time) short, bleached do; instead, he wears a knit hat over more natural brown locks. Eminem doesn't contribute any rent money, but he works hard. He is careful to avoid drugs, unlike boozy mother Basinger. Who knew Detroit's "8 Mile" was so drug free? The soundtrack highlights are "Lose Yourself" and a fun rap-up of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", which comes off better here than on "youtube". Still, Eminem's pre-Hollywood studio work is much more highly recommended than this semi-autobiographical movie sanitization.
2 Stars 1-18-03 (Updated)
Knitty-gritty portrayal of the rapper "Eminem's" life and hardships. The ensemble including, Murphy, Phifer and Basinger, made exceptional performances and led the way into this mean-mugging adaptation of hardship in unpaved streets of Detroit. 4.5/5
Lose Yourself In the Music
Great Film! Enjoyed it alot! Go watch it if you haven't yet! Won an Oscar for best song too!
A rap version of "Saturday Night Fever." B-Rabbit, a wannabe rapper from the wrong side of Detroit's 8 Mile, has problems: he dumps his girlfriend when she tells him she's pregnant; to save money to make a demo tape, he moves into his alcoholic mom's trailer; his job's a dead end, and he's just choked at the local head-to-head rap contest. Things improve when he meets Alex - an aspiring model headed for New York - and a fast-talking pal promises to set up the demo. Then new setbacks: Alex isn't faithful, mom rejects him, rifts surface with his friends, and he's mugged by rivals. Everything hinges on the next rap showdown at the club. Can B-Rabbit pull truth out of his cap?
8 Mile Quotes
|Greg Buehl:||He got fired from the pizza place.|
|Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit:||But, at least, I have a fuckin' job.|
|Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit:||Mom, you gotta stop livin' your life like this?|
|Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit:||Do you ever wonder at what point you just say fuck it man? Like you gotta stop livin' up here and start livin' down here?|
|Sol George:||[looking at his watch] It's seven thirty in in the mornin', dawg.|
|Alex:||Are you askin' me out for a date, Jimmy Smith Jr.|
|Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit:||Well, a matter of fact, as I am?|
|Alex:||Why don't you take me somewhere now?|
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