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With: Eminem (Marshall Mathers), Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon
Written by: Scott Silver
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
MPAA Rating: R for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use
Running Time: 110
Date: 09/07/2002

8 Mile (2002)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Lose Yourself

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Set in 1995 Detroit, 8 Mile is more or less a whipped creamversion of Eminem's life story, inflated and decorated to fit in withmovies like Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance and PurpleRain. But director Curtis Hanson is no half-wit; he winds the movieup in its location, shoving the two sides of Detroit in our faces, aswell as the sheer energy and charisma of the film's controversial star.It doesn't even seem to matter that the film is short on musicalnumbers; when the climactic rap battle takes place, it's one of the mostmesmerizing scenes from all of 2002.

DVD Details: Universal's DVD lacks a commentary track, and the remaining extras are fairly routine. Even a new Eminem music video ("Superman") reeks of cliches.

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