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8 Mile (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  8 November 2002 (USA)
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A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.

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Troubled young aspiring rapper must exert his last chances to become successful whil dealing with every part of his life heading down. He is now single, has only a few friends, an alcoholic mother, and is dealt with poverty and living in a violent city on 8 mile. His only way out of the ghetto and torturous life he's lives in is with his talent in rapping. Will B-Rabbit prevail and seize the shot he's given or will he let it slip? Written by ojmessier23

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Look, What if You Had One Chance to Seize Everything You Ever Wanted? Would You Capture it? Or Would You Let it Slip? [full trailer] See more »

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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$41,000,000 (estimated)

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$51,240,555 (USA) (8 November 2002)

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$5,240,354 (Japan) (4 July 2003)
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When Rabbit and his crew are driving through Detroit at night before they shoot the pintails, they pass a CVS Pharmacy. They were Arbor Drugs in 1995; CVS bought them out later. See more »

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Jimmy Smith Jr: Hey, Lily, hey baby what are you still doing up?
[picking her up]
Lily Smith: You woke me up, you know?
Jimmy Smith Jr: Oh, I'm sorry baby. Let's go back to bed.
Lily Smith: Can you sing for me?
Jimmy Smith Jr: Yeah, of course I will.
[singing, he carries her in her room]
Jimmy Smith Jr: I know this girl, her name is Lily. And it's passed her bed t-i-m-e. She goes to sleep and she can just dream, and not have to be in a stinky trailer wit me. And when I feel blue, i know what to do, I look at you and I just say.
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8 Mile will have potent impact on America's youth.
10 November 2002 | by (Frankfort, Kentucky (USA)) – See all my reviews

It is rare that an established filmmaker and production company create something that young people are able to grasp the complete meaning of. Intellectual jargon or unnecessary vagueness of plot often take precedence over lucidity and appeal.

Eminem's "8 Mile" has managed to break this cycle, presenting in poignant audio/video style the nature of the life so many of our nation's youth live, and how despite it all there always remains the possibility to break through.

The film's meaning is largely overt, not subtle, and makes itself available to a much wider variety of viewers than most films with any sort of dramatic moral. Just look at the box office reports for "8 Mile"s opening weekend.

I won't attempt to speculate on the effect the film will have among our youth, but I personally believe it will be positive in nature. It will be impossible for this film to become as transient as an action blockbuster or as esoteric as a cult classic. It's depth and range of appeal are simply unparalleled in our time.


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