Parents' Guide to

8 Mile

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic has violence, sex.

Movie R 2002 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 16+

Better than I thought it would be

Rap battles include raunchy language with sexual and drug references. Many variations of f**k are used in nearly every scene as well as the N-word (not in a racist way). Several scenes graphically show people having sex and mild violence throughout.
age 14+

Great Movie

This movie may have bad language and violence but most kids can get past all of this most kids listen to eminem already and also play call of duty but the movie has a good message its that you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength and just pull that sh*t out of you and get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (110 ):

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 This is not the genre-transcending triumph that it was intended to be, but it's far ahead of instantly outdated bombs like Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.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.

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