8 Mile (2002)
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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
Eminem shows he has a natural talent for acting, delivering a strong performance in this solid underdog story that could have been the first of many for him, and this is a well-written drama despite the linear structure that doesn't really allow for many surprises.
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
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?.|
|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.|
|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?.|
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