8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop drama film, directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, and Mekhi Phifer. The film is a fictionalized account of Eminem’s poor growing up in Detroit and early career in rap, and as such the film is set in the underground Detroit hip hop scene in the year 1995. The film depicts white rapper Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. as he struggles for respect among his black peers. The film was successful financially, was well received critically, and won an Academy Award for the Best Original Song for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, becoming the first film to have a rap/hip-hop song win an Academy Award.
Plot: A rap version of “Saturday Night Fever.” B-Rabbit, a wannabe rapper from the wrong side of Detroit’s 8 Mile, has problems: he dumps his girlfriend when she tells him she’s pregnant; to save money to make a demo tape, he moves into his alcoholic mom’s trailer; his job’s a dead end, and he’s just choked at the local head to head rap contest. Things improve when he meets Alex an aspiring model headed for New York and a fast-talking pal promises to set up the demo. Then new setbacks: Alex isn’t faithful, mom rejects him, rifts surface with his friends, and he’s mugged by rivals. Everything hinges on the next rap showdown at the club. Can B-Rabbit pull truth out of his cap?
* Eminem – Jimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith
* Kim Basinger – Stephanie Smith
* Mekhi Phifer – David ‘Future’ Porter
* Brittany Murphy – Alex
* Evan Jones – Cheddar Bob