8 Mile (2002) was originally considered to have an unofficial follow-up movie, titled Southpaw (2015) with Eminem reprising his role, now as a down-on-his-luck lightweight left-handed boxer trying to regain custody of his daughter. The script eventually evolved and that idea was scrapped. However, the film was eventually made and was released in 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring in the lead role with Eminem producing the soundtrack. See more »
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8 Mile will have potent impact on America's youth.
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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