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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Eminem
Kim Basinger
Mekhi Phifer
Brittany Murphy
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Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
Screenwriters
Scott Silver
Running Time
110 minutes

8 Mile
Personal triumph for Eminem in Curtis Hanson's superb rap-tinged drama.


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Plot
After splitting up with his girlfriend, aspiring white rapper Jimmy lives on the poor side - the black side - of the 8 Mile divide in Detroit with his single mom. While working at a steel pressing plant, Jimmy tries to work up the nerve to enter the local rapping 'battles' and earn some respect and a ticket out of destitution.


Verdict
Following L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, this makes a remarkable hat-trick for Hanson and is a personal triumph for Eminem. As MC Hammer might say - U Can't Touch This.


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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