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A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

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This is the inspiring captivating story of the legendary rapper Eminem. The troubled young aspiring rapper from a ghetto in Michigan must exert his last chances to become successful while dealing with his life in ruins. All is seemingly lost. He is now single, has only a few friends, an insane/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 living 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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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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8 November 2002 (USA)  »

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$41,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$116,724,075 (USA) (7 March 2003)
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Trivia

Giovanni Ribisi was, at one point, slated to star as Wink. He priced himself out and the part was recast. See more »

Goofs

In the first battle, the DJ plays the instrumental of "The Next Level (remix)" by Show + AG, which was released on PayDay records. The records shown on the decks aren't PayDay records. The DJ is using the same records in the end battle, when a different track is played. See more »

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B. Rabbit: Mom, you gotta stop living your life like this!
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The final credit reads, "Filmed on location in the 313" See more »

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Referenced in 20 to 1: 50 to 01: Great Movie One Liners (2007) See more »

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This Is How We Do It
Written by Montell Jordan, Oji Pierce and Slick Rick
Performed by Montell Jordan
Courtesy of Rush Associated Labels Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Dark but interesting
8 November 2002 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie immensely. I thought it was a departure from the typical movies that star Hip-hop artists nowadays, which typically glorify the hip-hop lifestyle. Which is a very material lifestyle. This movie was pretty dark.

I thought Eminem did a good job acting. I mean he's not going to win any Oscars for this role, but he does a very good job acting. If not for who he is, then you wouldn't pay too much attention to his acting because that's how competent he does.

As most of you already have heard, this movie was based on Eminem's life, but none of the events are actually factual. His relationship with his mother (Basinger) is much more amiable than it is in real life, or at least how it comes across in his music.

Brittany Murphy acts as his love interest, but most importantly his muse.

There are some scenes that leave you scratching your head. One of which is the Eminem-Murphy love scene in the plant. It seems out of place and bad for the pacing of the film. Also Taryn Manning's role as the ex-girlfriend is almost unnecessary. The presence of her character is a key plot element that sets up the film, but the appearance of her character in the film by its end seems unnecessary due to the fact that it is underdeveloped. I wonder if there were more scenes involving Manning that were ultimately deleted via editing.

Overall I enjoyed the movie. Some may not enjoy it as much, but that's probably because they go into the movie with different expectations. If you're expecting something other than a hip-hop based film that subtly comments on social/economic/racial issues, and is a pseudo-rags to riches story, then you might be sorely disappointed.


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