8 Mile Released : November 8, 2002
Genre: Drama, Pop Music
Directed by: Custis Hanson (Wonder Boys and LA Confidential)
I didn't have much expectations coming in the theatre that afternoon. All I wanted was to have a good time and yes, see if Eminem can be in the same company as pop stars trying out movies and failing badly (Sorry, Madonna you've been here since Desperately Seeking Susan, then you have Mandy, Britney, J-Lo and yes Prince!).
8 Mile is the city limits in Detroit between where Eminem finds home in a trailer truck (listen to his rap parody of Sweet Home Alabama - real fun!) and borders the place where he dreams he wants to be. As Jimmy Smith Jr. (Eminem) or B Rabbit along with Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) as Jimmy’s mother, this inspirational film as they say can actually inspire you - and both mother and son are responsible for it. This Cinderella-theme type of movies have been overly used so there was nothing to really look forward to other than the acting of Eminem (surprisingly good - with those expressive eyes) and the rap clashes in the last 20 minutes of the film. Worth $7 but not our Directorial Hall 11-Benjamins.