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8 Mile (2002)

  Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Written by: Scott Silver
Starring: Kim Basinger, Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer
Music by: Eminem
Links: 8 Mile on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating)
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"Half of 8" - a review by pearly

To start with: I don't like Eminem. There, I've said it. Should I like 8 Mile despite the fact that I don't like Eminem? Possibly. It all depends on whether or not 8 Mile is any good, you know, as a film.

And the answer is that it's not really. Okay, so if you like Eminem, then you're probably going to be keen on 8 Mile, and it's probably going to make you think that he's even more of a legend than you had thought earlier. Good for you: you're entitled to your opinion. But here's why I disagree.

8 Mile, as a film, is one of the most derivative stright-down-the-line things I've seen in a while. It offers nothing original, aside perhaps for the fact that it has Eminem in it. But the whole story about the poor kid who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but made it anyway, it's been done. Better. With less stupid side stories about how these two folks must really be in love because they keep flipping the bird at one another.

If there's anything that's supposed to make the film stand out from any other rags to riches tale, then it's the music; the "duelling" that the young guys do to outwit, outplay, and outlast one another. These guys, when they're not shooting themselves in the groin, fight their battles with words, and this is supposed to impress.

To me, the whole thing provides about the same level of entertainment as those "yo mamma so fat..." jokes, or maybe that Fat Pizza show. I'm not going to find something entertaining just because it contains more swear words than some other thing, and I don't find Eminem's music melodically interesting enough to actually provide listening pleasure, with or without the lyrics.

On the DVD, there is an extra which shows some more battles: a competition was held amongst the extras to find the best duellers to go up against Eminem and provide extra footage which may or may not have made it into the film. This "cream of the crop" didn't fill me with too much hope for the talent that may be out there in the duelling world. When the extent of the literary genius is basically "you're a white guy, so you must be crap", then I'm not too worried about these guys changing the world overnight.

Eminem does an okay job of acting, but let's face it, the role is not really much of a stretch for him. The rest of the cast do adequate jobs, but there's no real stand-outs or anything. 8 Mile was watchable, but not outstanding.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 23 Jun 2004

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