A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Perseverance and persistence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and incredibly difficult circumstances.
Positive Role Models
While certainly not a saint, and certainly not interested in being seen as a positive role model, Rabbit finds a way to rise above the conflicts raging inside himself. He attempts to overcome his desperate economic circumstances and bleak surroundings, revealing tremendous drive, initiative, and dedication.
Violence & Scariness
Rabbit is beaten up by several men after punching out one of their friends. One of Rabbit's friends accidentally shoots himself; blood shown. Graphic scenes of domestic violence -- punching, shoving, and screaming between Rabbit and his mother, as well as her boyfriend; a young girl watches and cries in terror. Frustrated that a long-abandoned and crumbling house where a crackhead raped a young girl still has not been demolished, Rabbit and his friends take matters into their own hands by burning it down; Rabbit narrowly avoids getting trapped on the second floor of the house. As Rabbit and his friends drive around Detroit, one of his friends brings a paintball gun, and they take turns shooting it at people and buildings, culminating in Rabbit shooting it at a police car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic sexual references and situations. Rabbit walks in on his mother having sex. Rabbit has sex with a woman in the factory where he works. He later catches this woman having sex with one of his friends in a radio station studio. The rap battles frequently mention sex, sexual prowess or lack thereof, genitalia, and the like.
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Constant and extremely strong profanity. Frequent use of "f--k," "motherf---er," and the "N" word. Homophobic slurs. A mother openly discusses some of the graphic details of her sex life with her son. Use of the middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking, a drunk character, many drug references. Rabbit's mother is frequently shown to be drunk, getting into fights with her equally drunk boyfriend. Some marijuana smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 8 Mile is a 2002 movie in which Eminem plays a version of himself, chronicling the tremendous difficulties he had to overcome to find success. There is nonstop profanity (including frequent use of "f--k," "motherf---er," and the "N" word), violence, drug references, and very explicit sexual references and situations. Characters vandalize and burn down an abandoned house, and a character accidentally shoots himself. There's a reference to child rape. Eminem's character has an unstable mother who's living with a boyfriend his age, and she speaks to her son in very inappropriate ways about her sexual relationship. Some viewers will be upset by the neglect of the main character's sister, a little girl who witnesses violence, family fights, a mother who drinks and has sex with a young man, and other abusive situations. Homophobic slurs are often used, and even as Eminem's character defends a gay coworker who was insulted by a coworker in the heat of a rap battle, he still uses HIV as a punch line. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite 8 MILE's top behind-the-scenes talent such as director Curtis Hanson and producer Brian Grazer, this movie's primary appeal will be to the fans Eminem already has.
For those who accept that rap is an art form, this movie will be easier to believe. This is not the genre-transcending triumph that it was intended to be, but it's far ahead of instantly outdated bombs like Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Eminem has the ability to hold the screen, and if he is not exactly an actor, he is able to muster the few expressions required: tender when he looks at his sister (Chloe Greenfield), hopeful when he looks at Alex (Brittany Murphy), and sullen most of the rest of the time.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.