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Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use

Additional Info:
Features: Exclusive all-new Eminem rap battles: free-styling rap competition featuring Eminem; Exclusive never-before-seen "Superman" music video (song from "The Eminem Show" album); Eminem's personal insight into the making of the film; The music of "8 Mile"

8 Mile
Director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) has made an exceptional film and although some older folks may not like the noisy rap sound, but, younger audiences will love it. The film is based loosely on the facts of Eminem's life, where he rhymed his way into the Detroit's hip-hop scene. He plays Rabbit, the white kid from the "wrong" side of 8 Mile Road, who is drawn to black culture, and hangs out with a "crew" called Three One Three (Detroit's area code). But he's shy about his talent and avoids competing in the .45-second rap "battles" which are emceed by his biggest fan, Mekhi Phifer. He soon runs off leaving his girlfriend who may or may not be pregnant, and goes back to the trailer park where his slovely, needy mother (Basinger) and her live-in boyfriend (Michael Shannon) live along with his kid sister (Chloe Greenfield). Nights, he hangs out at hip-hop clubs where everyone talks trash and record deals. Brittany Murphy plays a slutty-looking white girl who attracts him for a while, but she is as determined as he is to get out and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Eugene Boyd plays the slick operator who promises to help each of them, but Eminem is heading for a showdown with Papa Doc (Anthony Mackie), who's the charismatic leader of another hip-hop crew. Torn between his responsibilities at his job, his wildly unstable family, and his gang, he finds it hard to focus. He realizes that to write anything of value he has to shut out the world. So sets out by jamming his headphones over his ears and frantically scribbling lyrics on scraps of paper. What comes of all this will not surprise you but writer Scott Silver and director Curtis Hanson have deftly captured the rap subculture using comedy, drama and music and have produced a terrific little movie which seems likely to explode at any moment.

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