Rated NR

Eminem, aka Slim Shady, Bunny Rabbit and Marshal Mathers III, makes the transition from music to movies with a breakthrough performance in this inspirational and semi-autobiographical film. With more names than Sean Puffy P Diddy Combs, the foul-mouthed, gay-bashing enraged street rapper shows that he actually has a sympathetic and alluring side, one that dominates the big screen as he personifies the economic and racial divide that has both defined and confined his life. Back in 1995 Eminem worked in a stamping factory and lived in a tattered junk mobile with his unemployed trailer trash mom (Kim Basinger) on 8 Mile, the street that creates a residential border between whites and blacks in Detroit’s dilapidated inner city neighborhoods. This racial boundary also impeded the rising rapper in the music industry since he was a white man in a black man’s world. Eminem was teased, mocked, battered, bruised and even booed off stage because of his race and banal upbringing. However, the white rapper turned his disadvantages into advantages with a motivational spin to show that success can spring from hardship. You don’t have to like the music in order to like the movie, since director Curtis Hanson ties together a complex script of an intense subculture with fierce cinematography and compelling performances by the entire cast.


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