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  • Moving tale of Eminem
    To be perfectly honest....Im not the biggest Eminem fan but this movie which chronicles the period in Eminems life when he was down and out is a stirring, gripping tail of a talented artist discovering his potential. He battles homelife, poverty and quasi gangsters and ultimately becomes the winning underdog at the freestyle rap battle.


    So pick it up today even if you dont like Eminems music, youll root for this underdog thats for sure....more info
  • THE BEST HIP HOP MOVIE IN A LONG TIME
    EMINEM PLAYS A RAPPER NAMED RABBIT WHO'S STRUGGLING IN HIS LIFE AT HOME IN DETROIT AND IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF IN DETROIT'S HIP HOP UNDERGROUND CIRCUIT. GREAT MOVIE FROM BEGINNING TO END. THE RAP BATTLES ARE GREAT, IF NOT THE BEST THING ABOUT THE MOVIE. AND PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MOVIE IS SOMEWHAT BASED ON EMINEM'S LIFE. EMINEM DOES A GREAT JOB PLAYING HIMSELF IN THIS MOVIE. THIS MOVIE INCLUDES APPEARANCES BY; PROOF OF D-12, XZIBIT, AND OBIE TRICE. FOR HIP HOP FANS, THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE....more info
  • A cliched, boring, predictable movie
    The acting is deplorable. Eminem has 2 forms - Angry and violent and angry and thoughtful. This is a man's Cinderella story - rags to riches- Oh, the oppression! As if he was some tortured artist with a real message.
    The main problem with the hype surrounding this movie is that it misleads you into thinking that what you are seeing is something original, something that has not been done a thousand times before. It promises us that the film will be frighteningly realistic and distrubing, with performances so honest, because much of it is Eminem's so-called life story.
    The ending is so predictable you just wait there bored, waiting for it to eventually get there, and hoping that just maybe the film will surprise you along the way. It never does. This film is an embarrassment to film making!...more info
  • Eminem deserves awards galore for this performance
    When you look up the word controversy in the dictionary you just might find a full colour picture of Eminem as the definition. Let's face it, this is one artist that doesn't go out of his way to endear people to him. He's real, though. What you see is definitely what you get. When I first heard about this movie, I thought it was Eminem's life story, but I was sadly mistaken. Although I'm sure that there are similarities that could be found, this is the fictional story of one Jimmy Smith, Jr.

    Eminem is brilliant as this struggling young man, perhaps personal experiences added to his believability, mayhap he's just a damned good actor as well as musician. Jimmy Smith is stuck in hell, literally, his life is a daily battle on more than one level. Returning home after having his relationship with his girlfriend blow up in his face, Jimmy is faced with accepting the fact that his Mom (Kim Basinger) is having a relationship with someone he went to school with and hates. Rabbit, as everyone calls him has a hard time swallowing things at home, but when the only place left is a trailer on the wrong side of the tracks, what else can you do?

    Rabbit isn't content to sit back and let life screw him over even more, he wages a war with fate and struggles to pull himself out of the cesspool that circumstances placed him in. Sure, he's from the wrong side of the tracks, so what?! Okay, he's living in a trailer with his Mom? Big deal, at least he has a home. He's busting his butt to make a good impression on his boss during the day and struggling to overcome internal conflicts and realize his dreams of being part of the Detroit music scene.

    It seems like everything and everyone is against this brave young man, and the harder he struggles, the deeper he finds himself. Kind of like falling into quicksand... However, he doesn't give up. He's a lyricist of incredible talent, verging well into genius status. The rhymes he can put together will make your head spin with amazement. Music is the only thing that has any meaning at all for Rabbit anymore, it's the only thing that hasn't messed him over. And in that concept, he is definitely a soldier - fighting the rap battles - fighting for respect and to make it as a rapper.

    This is a story of the street in today's world. The story of one man alone against fate. The story of overcoming the obstacles and going up against all the odds. It is a story to inspire hope and warm the heart. It is proof that it can be done. Just because life has dealt you a losing hand, doesn't mean you have to stay with it. Take another draw and don't give up, a little strength, determination, and talent go a heck of a long way. Might even be enough to set you free!

    The DVD contains uncensored Eminem rap battles and a music video. There's also a segment on Eminem's personal insights into the making of 8-Mile. You definitely get more bang for your buck!

    Eminem deserves awards galore for this performance! In this, his debut feature film, that shows yet another facet of this contentious and scrappy personage he is glorious. Teamed with a dynamite soundtrack, you'll be mesmerized from the very first moment until the last strains drift through the speakers.

    When life gets you down, or you are in need of some inspiration, watch this flick. It'll pop you out of the blue funks and give you strength of purpose again.
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  • 8 MILE
    AWFUL, never received the DVD, never got answers to my emails.
    AMAZON finally refunded my money. Won't do business with this company
    again....more info
  • Director Curtis Hanson's done a good job on this film.
    Now, I don't expect everyone to love 8 MILE, but I think there are a lot of people out there who'd be surprised if they give the film a shot. I know there's a lot of anti-Eminem people out there and rightly so. I can see why you would hate the man. However, love him or hate him he delivers a heart felt performance here. Those who are saying `8 Mile' shows a vanilla-ed Eminem may have a point: this movie introduces him to a non-rap audience just as `Wild Style' introduced us to hip-hop. But those who say Eminem is sanitized here for mall viewing have an odd notion of language. Perhaps his CD's contain more inflammatory material than is aired in this movie, but what gets said here is most definitely not for any suburban grandmothers who aren't stone deaf.

    His closest relationship in this movie is with himself, as is clear from the first scene, where Eminem is doing rap gestures in the competition shed men's room, looking in the mirror, hearing his music in his head --and this is fine, because it's what a young man has to do: get on friendly working terms with who he is. The movie is about his going off to be on his own and give up his rowdy playmates to become a winner, and he walks off by himself in the final scene. Eminem as shown in `8 Mile' isn't totally motivated by his anger at all. His anger is very contained. He seems able to turn it on and off at will and release it only when he needs it -- to trounce rap competition or throw out his mom's sleazy boyfriend. It's his ability to control his anger that makes both Rabbit and Eminem winners.

    Eminem does have an authenticity about him that makes for a strong presence on screen. Paradoxically he projects a powerful inwardness, so that his turning away from everybody makes his face jump out at us. His effect is of authenticity, because he doesn't put on a reaction to please the audience or suit the scene, but he is always there, moving with the scene and in fact creating it. "8 Mile" isn't just a vehicle for Eminem. It's too well made a movie to be that. But without Eminem `8 Mile' wouldn't exist. The only importance of the rapping contests emceed by `Future' is that first Rabbit shies away from them, and then he enters them and wins them. You have to wonder how the rapper/actors feel who are in the movie only to be put down by Eminem.

    `8 Mile' cannot escape from the limitations of the fictionalized star biopic. There have been dozens of movies about emerging music stars and their families, their early sponsors, their first big breaks, and so on, many of them with more range and specificity of detail than this one. This movie only takes its hero to the moment when he walks away, having shown that he can be a star. The whole focus is on his personality and in particular his stillness. The most important moments are those when Rabbit/Eminem stands with mike in hand, silent, waiting for inspiration to strike. Even when he chooses not to compete and hands the mike back, this moment is full of power. In this movie Eminem carries the expression of sheer imminence, raw potential, to a new level of clarity and confidence.

    This rapper is good just standing there.
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  • Eminem raps!
    If you want a full review of this DVD, there are many excellent ones written here. But here are some highlights and food for thought not covered elsewhere. When you watch this DVD, look for these underlying themes:

    + Eminem's "friends" think they are talented rappers, but they all really know that Eminem is king here, and are scheming for ways to profit from his success. Glaring examples are "Future" (to promote his joint), and Wink trying to hitch Eminem with his make-believe rap production connections.

    + Time after time again, his "friends" let him down when instead they could help. Examples:

    ++ His car breaks down over and over, and they are all standing by. But whenever he gets his car fixed (a number of times), then they jump inside the car to have fun. Eminem knows and has the motivation to fix his car, both of which are glaringly absent in his "friends". Reinforcing young black men's cliches? I wonder ...
    ++ His mom is in this relationship with their past classmate. What do they do? They mockingly "line up" to be her next mate.
    ++ On the fight scene with Papa Doc's troops, only Cheddar (Bob) comes up with a real weapon to match Papa Doc's, which flashed last time. When Cheddar shoots himself, only Eminem presses down the wound and otherwise takes definite action to take him to the hospital to save his life. The other ones are again standing by a pole. "Future" dissappears to "pray".
    ++ Wink tries to befriend "Rabbit" while at the same time hangs with his nemesis "Papa Doc". And lays with Alex(a) in the studio, knowing that Eminem is interested in her.
    ++ In general, his "friends" are simply hanging around and generally "along for the ride". He, and in a lesser way Cheddar and Alex(a), are the only ones really showing any semblance of character and taking charge of their life. Since all three are white, one again wonders about black's cliches here. And about a Mesianic, "save me" attitude, versus a "take charge" in what they can. However, look at the "tough love" he briefly receives from a coworker, and from the security guard, both of which are of color. A break from these cliches.

    + Jeannine, Alex(a) and other girls in his life, even his mom, are shown to be only out for their cut of the pie. His pie. The only ones who are a real emotional support to him are, in a small way, his mom, and Lilly, his little sister. The latter is (in real life) a little friend of Eminem's daughter, who did her acting in a quite realistic way that could only come up from a real-life friendship with Eminem. Eminem and Lilly's filial relationship has an emotional intensity that brings out an caring and providing Eminem that you would not expect in a rapper.
    Also notice Eminem's motivation to burn an abandoned house (like the one used in raping a little girl, according to the news) when Lilly's name is brought up in the conversation. And Alex(a) does not miss out on that cue.

    Cheddar Bob is there mostly as a comic relief. His name and his behavior suggests that his brain seems to have some holes where gray matter is missing. But watch him closely, as he, Eminem and his mother slowly realize that the people around them not only are not of help but actually a distraction and even a hindrance to their betterment.
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  • 8 mile
    I bought this for my 19 year old daughter. Although the language and violent scenes were rough, it played well with the plot....more info
  • trivial pursuit
    go read my comments on "hustle & flow"; substitute name "eminem" for "terrance howard". tra-la-la-la-la ...
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  • It's not as crappy as I thought I would be
    Imagine you've been ditched by your girlfriend (she's told you she's pregnant), you've lost your job, your mum's banging one of your old schoolmates and your car won't start - just some of the many trials borne by James Smith Jr. aka Jimmy Rabbit. 8 Mile marks Eminem's acting debut in this Curtis Hanson directed movie. Also responsible for LA Confidential and Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Hanson certainly knows how to hone an emotional edge to his films. Set in Detroit, the film charts the frustrations of Jimmy Rabbit, Rabbit because he's fast and likes to f**k a lot. It's a fairly generic tale of gangland goings-on where the dream of fame and breaking out of the ghetto keeps hope alive (vis-a-vis Saturday Night Fever, Quadrophenia or even Rocky). The quirk in this tale is that B Rabbit is a white rapper in a black man's world and has to compete and respond to the racial diss that this entails.

    The film opens at a 'rap battle' at the The Shelter club where compere and friend Future (played by Mekhi Pfifer in an excellent support role) builds up 'Bunny Rabbit' to compete with L'il Tic, rival rapper of the Free World rap gang. Supported by Future and his 'brothers' from the 3-1-3 gang, Rabbit prepares for battle by heaving his guts out, locked in washrooms that you would rather not see than visit. After 'choking' with stage fright, Rabbit gets booed off the stage with contempt by the crowd of blacks and 'spics. The film then follows the following week until the mother of all rap battles takes place against the champion 'Papa-Doc' of Free World. Along the way, tramp-love interest Alex (played by sexy Brittany Murphy), the brothers and Kim Bassinger as Rabbit's trailer park mama all put in fine performances played against the backdrop of a bleak, run-down Detroit and the New Detroit Stamping Foundry. The film gets its name after the 8 mile Road, so named because it is 8 miles out from the town centre and marks the boundary between the run-down ghettos of downtown and more upmarket suburbs populated by white trailer trash and the more salubrious areas and casinos.

    The plot is hardly complicated or involved, but what makes the film for me is its credibility and insight into an area of life where none of us likely want to or are able to go. There's plenty of sideline activity away from Eminem, whether it's the beautifully timed, plain dumb antics of 'spic Cheddar Bob, the home spun philosophy of DJ Iz or the wide-eyed innocence of Rabbit's little sister Lilly (played by the 3 year old Chloe Greenfield). There's no time to get bored and one can only marvel at the mental and linguistic agility of the rappers, many of whom are genuine. The story also parallels the life of Eminem who rapped, as the story goes, from the age of 4 and entered the Rap Olympics in Los Angeles in 1997 desperate to win the $1500 prize (he came 2nd!). What of Eminem? Well, aside from his obvious virtuosity as a rapper, this 'dawg' is one natural actor with a stage presence and smouldering intensity that is impossible to ignore - somewhat reminiscent of Russell Crowe, whose big break also came in a Kim Bassinger film directed by Hanson. I wouldn't be surprised if we see him in a few years again at the Academy Awards picking up another Oscar, this time for acting. The film is beautifully crafted and builds up to a worthy finale.

    For those concerned about the language - yep, there's every manner of sexual innuendo but I didn't find it offensive in this context - I just had to remember to moderate the jive when taking a trip to the local 7/11. There's a modicum of violence, but much less so than in many blockbusters of today, and the sex scenes managed to convey the message without being needlessly voyeuristic or explicit.
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  • 8 miles from da ghettoville!
    If your into white trailer trash wigger poser tough guy stuff or just feel sympathy for a white trailer trash loser who just didn't seem to have a perfect life then this gimmick of a saga movie is recommended just for all you white trash bedwetters out there who just want to become black and start living the fantasy of a gangsters paradise WORD!. This movie was so incredibly retarded they should have played this just on mtv never on VH1. Why did this movies price dropped to 1 cent on amazon? because this movie was stupid as hell eminem didn't really have a hard life his life was not perfect and who's idea was it to have britteny muphy to play as kim and kim basinger to play as eminems mommy *cough mommas boy! cough*. It's a shame that alot of people eat it from talentless guys like eminem who plague the world with thier so called music....more info
  • 8 miles from da ghettoville!
    If your into white trailer trash wigger poser tough guy stuff or just feel sympathy for a white trailer trash loser who just didn't seem to have a perfect life then this gimmick of a saga movie is recommended just for all you white trash bedwetters out there who just want to become black and start living the fantasy of a gangsters paradise WORD!. This movie was so incredibly retarded they should have played this just on mtv never on VH1. Why did this movies price dropped to 1 cent on amazon? because this movie was stupid as hell eminem didn't really have a hard life his life was not perfect and who's idea was it to have britteny muphy to play as kim and kim basinger to play as eminems mommy *cough mommas boy! cough*. It's a shame that alot of people eat it from talentless guys like eminem who plague the world with thier so called music....more info
  • For Eminem Fans
    If you are an Eminem fan like me I recommend you check this out. It shows a week in the life of Rabbit (Eminem) and his friends. It in the movie it shows him making the songs Lose Yourself and 8 Mile both on the soundtrack which you should also get. It seems that a few rap stars have a movie made about their life and it was about time Eminem did. It includes a new music video of "Superman" not found anywhere else. The movie certainly earns an M15+ for all the language and sex scenes but its entertaining showing them burn down houses and stuff.

    Of course you don't need to be an Eminem fan just to enjoy this. It has a lot of great stuff and of course rap battles.

    Good movie...more info
  • One of My Favorite Movies
    As much as I like this movie, I don't own it. So, I see it every now and then, by borrowing it from a neighbor or something. So,
    recently I saw this movie for like the 50eth time. I still really like this movie. Eminem is one of the few singers who can seamlessly cross over from singing to acting. I do however think that we will probably never see Eminem in another movie. The only reason I saw this movie was due to the fact that I liked Eminem, but the movie holds on its own, but Eminem does real well. I've read a couple reviews where people said: "Oh, Eminem is just playing himself, it's not even a performance." In a sense he is playing himself. But what people don't realize is that playing yourself is sometimes harder to do then playing someone else. This movie is very very loosely based on accounts in Eminems life, so people need to stop saying its a biography. It's NOT! Anyway, Eminem plays Jimmy Smith Jr, or Jimmy, or
    Rabbit, or B-Rabbit, or yet again, Bunny Rabbit. Rabbit is (obviously) a white rapper living in Detroit who heads to the Shelter, a rap club, almost every night and gets stage fright, or chokes. Whatever you want to call it. The only person who sees how talented Rabbit really is, is Future(Mekhi Phifer,
    Dawn of the Dead). Future is kind of Rabbits mentor. Like Mr.Miyagi was to Daniel in "The Karate Kid". Rabbit lives at home with his mom (Kim Basinger, The Door in the Floor) and his sister Lilly. The sister is semi-based on Eminems daughter Hailie. He works at a stamping factory and thats where he meets
    Alex (Brittany Murphy, Little Black Book). Alex is kind of a free spirited...Sl*t. To say the least ya know. So, we have:
    Rabbits Mom: Based on Ems Mom. Except the love in this movie is a lot stronger.
    Alex: Seems to be a little like Kim. Anyone?
    Lilly:Hailie?
    So, yes. In a sense its a biography. But this is a very entertaining and terrific film. You don't have to like rap, you don't have to like Eminem. But you should like this film.A+...more info
  • Prime Oscar Bait
    This is probably one of the best films to come out in 2002, and yet it was snubbed by the acadamy despite all the critics praise. Eminem pulls out all the stops here with a strong performance as a somewhat alter version of himself, a white boy growing up in Detroit with dreams to be a rapper. What makes this film better than the weight of the plot is, first the A list cast including Kim Bassinger and Mikhi Phifer but it's the brilliant script and excelent direction that picks this movie up and carries it further then plot alone would. Yes, this may or may not be how Eminem got his breaks in life but regardless, this film, watched as a fictional story and not an autobiography will do well to make the difference. Eminem shows true talent as his charactor (Rabbit) tries to rise above the life he was given, the drunk mother and the slum living conditions, the ex-girlfriend who took him for everything and the dead beat friends he's determined not to become. Rabbit wants more for himself and for his family, and he's determined to work hard to get it. Throw in a new love interest (Britany Murphy in a peformance to make you go GA'GA) and some rival thugs and you have a simple plot turned great movie with subplots that hold your interest and keep you in anticipation of the next scene. Great film all the way around....more info
  • Eminem
    A bit of a padded feel that was only natural given the simple story that had to be stretched to two hours. The part that felt most real to me came early. I attended a black university in a ghetto of Tampa, but then I bicycled home to the Busch Gardens neighborhood. Kinda like wading in the shallow end of the pool at will while Eminem was in the deep end. That's one thing I got from the movie.

    "Sweet Home Alabama," as sent up by Eminem and Future, has to be one of the funniest and most clever things I've ever seen in a movie. I cracked up and annoyed the sleeping cat on my lap.

    Chinese viewers in China might not realize Detroit's supposed to look ugly in this film. Casting Kim Basinger was a stroke of genius, since the audience's view of the actress is about as low as Eminem's opinion of his mother.

    The later excitement felt very contrived, like maybe I was watching a movie. The inevitable battle at the end was a thing of beauty to rap fans everywhere, even this old redneck in China. Too bad it only lasted 5 minutes, but DVDs allow you to skip back as often as desired.

    Oh, and just to beat you over the head with the obvious, Eminem got out of the ghetto with his words. No gats, no hos, no drugz, and he can't even play sports. Not bad, eh? I love this movie.
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  • 1 Shot...
    I remember when this movie was coming out. At the time I thought it was supposed to be Eminem's life story or something. Then after seeing the movie, I knew it was definitely not. Maybe somewhat but definitely not what I thought it was going to be. Honestly I don't know much about his life other than he hates his ex Kim and he is ticked at his Mom.

    8 Mile is a pretty good movie though on its own. The dreams of a white man making it in what most consider a black mans game. Sure, some have and were basically one hit wonders like Vanilla Ice and maybe even Snow (was he white?). Some were amazing like the Beastie Boys and even Eminem himself. Sure we never really see the rapping part take off like in Hustle and Flow [Blu-ray], but we do see him 'battle' which is two guys facing off and free styling, which I consider harder than rapping since you basically coming up with rhymes on the spot.

    Eminem plays Rabbit/Jimmy and is a kid basically living out of a garbage bag. With a dead end job for his future, the only thing Rabbit dreams for is a better future for himself and for his sister who lives with her bad/decent mom. And the only thing he has going for him is rap... and he's really good at it. He mainly just wants to record his music, but having no money, he can't really get studio time without help. So to pass the time he goes to a place where people battle to earn respect and recognition. And really that's basically the gist of the movie.

    Eminem actually plays a good role, even it probably wasn't to tough to basically play himself. Kim Basinger plays his mom and does a really god job. One minute you like her and the next minute you want to scream at her saying 'WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?'. Brittany Murphy is also in here and really didn't need to be. I hated her role. She just seemed like some drugged out hooker to me the whole time.

    Though I liked the movie, I also don't really care for it... but... then I did like it also. Weird I know. Right when I would start getting bored with parts or rolling my eyes at parts, they would make me laugh or just get really interested again. For instance...one scene has Rabbit and his friend working on his car and the friend is trying to get him to come battle next week. We get it already...Rabbit is good and needs to battle. And then you hear 'Sweet Home Alabama' playing from inside the trailer and Rabbit and his friend start free styling to it and it really sounded good...which made me get interested again. I don't know...kinda hard to explain I guess.

    In the end I would say rent it if anything. The last 3 battles were really good on Em's part.


    P.S. Why did the only 2 other white dudes in the movie have to be REALLY dumb or REALLY redneck white trash? I thought that was funny.
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  • That's it?
    I found this movie to be somewhat underwhelming. I won't spoil it, but it doesn't have much of a climax. It would have been more interesting to see Rabbit move past the battles. ...more info
  • 8 Mile Is a Inspirational Movie and a 5 Star DVD
    Here is another inspirational movie I look to when I am down or looking to be inspired. Eminem is the rare white rapper that had a hard upbringing. Make no mistake about it he is not vanilla ice or Fred durst he can actually rap and puts time and thought into his lyrics. This story is solid and starts at a hard time in his life where he does not know what to do. He loses his girlfriend his mother is addicted to drugs and alcohol and he is not living the life he dreamed. Every time he gets up in front of the crowd he gets nervous and can't rap but finally near the end he is able to take on the challenge. While Eminem didn't have a totally never come back upbringing it was hard enough and it is an inspiration to everyone. The music for this film is subpurve. Great movie put on by Eminem and this in my book is a 5 star DVD pick it up ASAP. ...more info
  • 8 Mile "High"
    Purchased this as a gift for a friend that wanted it and couldn't find it in the stores. He was thrilled when he received it and has watched it several times since receiving it. It was shipped on time and he received it within the guidelines I was given. Thanks for helping me make my friend's day....more info
  • Eminem's big movie debut
    Eminem proves he is an outstanding actor and makes the story unquestionable.

    B. Rabbit is a noone with plenty of ambition as well as his vocabulary intact, but when you're growing up on 8 mile it's not easy becoming anything, less alone a white rapper. He can't even bring himself to challenge the local rappers on stage during the weekends. In the middle of him trying to land his breakthrough he finds himself fond of the ambitious, but ditsy Alex (Brittany Murphy), but she turns out to be bad news for him. Will he stand the challenge of the Free Worlds Gangsta Boys?

    It's a good storyline (nothing new, but you haven't seen it 10 times before either).
    Brittany Murphy disappoints in this movie if you've liked her previous movies. This is Eminem's acting debut, but not his autobiography. It just goes to show he can both sing and act and IS truly talented. ...more info
  • PRETTY GOOD FIRST PERFORMANCE
    This movie turned out to be a whole lot better than I thout it was going to be. In most movies that star rappers the rappers usually over play their role and try to be super hard, in this movie Eminem played it pretty cool and turned out a great performance.
    The extras on this DVD are top notch, the battles, the music video,and all of the music in the movie are all available. Good stuff....more info
  • Eminem pulls suprising peformace
    B-rabbit is a struggling rapper desperate to make it to the big time. He takes a job at a steel plant so he can save up money for studio time. He fights off gang members and has the help of his friend future. It is loosely based on Eminem's life.


    Eminem is quite the rap star today. He has sold millions of copies of cds
    that are excellent hip hip masterpieces. He has taken the world by storm and shown that White people can rap. But, he stretches himself and his persona into this movie and the movie itself is surprisingly simple and easy to watch. It doesn't seem like a biography movie because the character's names aren't the same as the real person's name. Probably, Eminem didn't want the movie to be like a "Eminem can act" vehicle for him. He had already shown his rapping skills and enforced them through out the movie, but he does pull off a good performance as B-rabbit.

    Curtis Hanson, who I find to be a okay director, seemingly could've been out of place in the hip hop culture but his direction works well with the atmosphere and location of the movie as the film as the film moves along at a fast pace set by his direction. He gets the performances out of the characters that were needed. He doesn't oversell the characters or oversap them so that they become these cheesy characters. You feel for the characters after you are done watching the movie. Curtis Hanson defines the character by the way he is portrayed on screen. We see his actions and we ulitametely root for him in the end as the credits roll and we hear lose yourself by Eminem. The movie then either sinks in or just leaves your mind and body as fast as it entered. it is one of those movies where you have to appreciate the hip hop culture and understand it to watch the movie, or otherwise you would feel incredibly lost in the mist of the movie and you will leave scratching your head and wondering what you have just watched. A solid movie....more info
  • Eminem gives us an entertaining masterpiece!
    There are many aspects to 8 Mile that I loved! There were no stupid plot twists. The relationships are believable! Eminem plays Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith who has a hidden talent in rap & his friends contuniously incourage him to pursue a rap career. It's hard for Jimmy at first cause he is white & it's hard for him to find someone to be nice to him in that business. It is a cruel world at times & 8 Mile captures that quite well! Brittany Murphy is quite sexy in this role & the best part, unlike Jessica Simpson, she can actually act & she makes her performance more believeable than it could be! Now, 8 Mile might not be everyone's cup of tea cause it is a drama, there is lots yelling & it is a very dark movie. But for me, that's what it makes interesting! I'm not a fan corny movies & this movie is far from that. Eminem is one fine actor & I question why he didn't do more movies because this is one of the most entertaining movies I've seen in a while! Rappers in general, I find, tend to be better actors then pop stars/actresses just because the movies they do tend to be darker without the cheesy plot twists & 8 Mile is definitely worth your time!...more info
  • 8 miles from da ghettoville!
    If your into white trailer trash wigger poser tough guy stuff or just feel sympathy for a white trailer trash loser who just didn't seem to have a perfect life then this gimmick of a saga movie is recommended just for all you white trash bedwetters out there who just want to become black and start living the fantasy of a gangsters paradise WORD!. This movie was so incredibly retarded they should have played this just on mtv never on VH1. Why did this movies price dropped to 1 cent on amazon? because this movie was stupid as hell eminem didn't really have a hard life his life was not perfect and who's idea was it to have britteny muphy to play as kim and kim basinger to play as eminems mommy *cough mommas boy! cough*. It's a shame that alot of people eat it from talentless guys like eminem who plague the world with thier so called music....more info
  • A tribute for a so-called martyr.
    I went to see this on my birthday the day after it was released in the movies. I did this for my late wife, and nothing else. I really really didn't like this movie at all for the most part. I admit I don't understand the rap culture, and why it's considered music where your main objective is to make the other people feel stupid. However, I can't help if my late wife may have felt in a sense that Eminem was the messiah. I mean that's the way he was portrayed in here. I know that Eminem was the only one who could reach my wife in 2002 as she went through a major depression, and felt that Jesus Christ couldn't help her, and I didn't know how to help her. Anyway why I feel that Emeinem was portrayed as Christ in this movie? I feel in a sense he was defintely misunderstood by everyone for starters his Mom played by Kim Basinger(who is one woman I would love to cream on), His mother's boyfriend who taunts, and ridicules him, and his friends who don't know about him at times with his moods, and so forth, the 2 women in his life an ex-girlfriend, and the one played by Brittany Murphy, and finally a world of upcoming rappers who aren't too happy to see a white boy rap. That's right in 2002 the world of rap was still very black, and they surrounded the curtain leading to the holy of holies where no white man ever trod. Eminem's character would break the color barrier here, and the curtain is ripped apart. Mind you at the beginning Eminem falls flat on his face when he chokes on a rap, but not everyone took kindly to Jesus's words when he first came to preach either. I feel that the last part of the movie was loosely based on the last week of Jesus with the crucifixion, and ressurection. It all begins when one of the black rappers helps himself to some Brittany, and Eminem clocks him kind of like Jesus overturning the moneychanger's tables in the synagogue, then the crucifixion where the black rapper returns the favor to Eninem, and Eninem doesn't retailiate the same way Jesus allowed the Romans and Pharissees to crucify him on the old rugged cross. Then the ressurection when Eninem wins the rap contest against that same black rapper. This is only my opinion as comparing Eninem with Jesus. No One can ever match up against Jesus. So why do I write it then? I feel that this is the way that the music industry, and Hollywood has portrayed him, and it's rather sad as all Eninem can do is write raps mostly about himself, and all the troubles he's seen. I don't know what he's going to be up to next, but I know the last song I heard from him where he samples the Aerosmith song "Dream On" was one of the most uninspiring songs I've ever heard. I wasn't impressed with this for the most part except for the scenes with the little girl. I found them to be very endearing, and what saved the movie from absolute ruin. Otherwise all the fame, and adulation this movie got was another time for Hollywood to utter those magical words; "I Am Diversity"....more info
  • It was good until I matured
    When I first saw this movie, I liked Eminem and his music. This was before Lose Yourself become a hit and his 3rd cd came out. I cant stand this movie anymore because it made me realize Eminem is out for sympathy and money from his fans, and they'd eat the crap that comes from ass. Eminem fans are sick, people who worship and like him are the dumbest people on the planet. He had talent and wasted it on a film about how hard his life was, even has 50 Cent's life story coming to a theater near you! Im so sick of Em and his life story, its been over played and so many other artist have suffered worse then Eminem. Who cares about the thousands of artist who suffered worse then Eminem in there life but they keep there mouth shut and dont release it to the public for money like Eminem does. ...more info