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"Eminem wins by a knockout!" raves Rolling Stone, as the Grammy® Award-winning phenomenon makes his feature film debut in this gripping story about the boundaries that hold us back - and the courage that can set us free. For Jimmy Smith, Jr. (Eminem), life is a daily fight just to keep hope alive. Feeding his dreams in Detroit's vibrant music scene, Jimmy wages an extraordinary personal struggle to find his own voice - and earn a place in a world where rhymes rule, legends are born and every moment… is another chance. From Academy Award® winner Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and Oscar®-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), 8 Mile is the triumphant film Time Magazine hails as "Powerful!" and Entertainment Weekly applauds as "Electrifying and Mesmerizing!"
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Even though the story is overly familiar, there's enough here for an engaging ride.
Wall Street Journal
It's easy to like Jimmy Smith as well as to admire him, because Mr. Mathers lets us in, with no si...
January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Says
Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic has violence, sex.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 8 Mile is a 2002 movie in which Eminem plays a version of himself, chronicling the tremendous difficulties he had to overcome to find success. There is nonstop profanity (including frequent use of "f--k," "motherf---er," and the "N" word), violence, drug references, and very explicit sexual references and situations. Characters vandalize and burn down an abandoned house, and a character accidentally shoots himself. There's a reference to child rape. Eminem's character has an unstable mother who's living with a boyfriend his age, and she speaks to her son in very inappropriate ways about her sexual relationship. Some viewers will be upset by the neglect of the main character's sister, a little girl who witnesses violence, family fights, a mother who drinks and has sex with a young man, and other abusive situations. Homophobic slurs are often used, and even as Eminem's character defends a gay coworker who was insulted by a coworker in the heat of a rap battle, he still uses HIV as a punch line.
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- Release Date:November 8, 2002
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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