November 8, 2002
"8 Mile" is the story of an underdog in the same vein as "Rocky," but in this case, the arena is not boxing but rap. Two-bit rapper B-Rabbit has struggled all of his life, and as the movie begins, things are going even worse for him than usual. His job is going nowhere, he's just broken up with his pregnant girlfriend and a lack of funds forces him to move into a trailer with his mom, who drinks to excess. Things start looking up for B-Rabbit, though, when new opportunities arise for him because of his demo tape. Nonetheless, he'll need to perform better than ever before at the upcoming rap showdown if he is to have any real hope of busting out of his rut.