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8 Mile

 

aka: Eight Mile
USA 2002, 110 minutes
Dir. Curtis Hanson
Rating: [R]
Genres: Drama, Music / R&B/Hip-hop

Topics: Rites-of-passage, African-American, Indigenous & Minority Cultures.

 

Aroview: Mainstream feature film vehicle for white rap star Eminem has a narrative typical of the “youth craze” genre – young working class wannabe overcomes prejudice and hardship to win respectability in his field of aspiration, in this case, the world of “freestyle” rap.

Tailor-made for the hip-hop crowd and especially followers of the one-time controversial rapper - for others it’s a peek into a rarefied black subculture (think boxing with rhymes instead of gloves) and a snapshot of a moment in pop culture. Conforms to Hollywood formula yet at least makes an attempt to put spin on the most blatant clichés, and has a final showdown that undeniably pulls you in.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • music clips
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1
 

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