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Although claiming to be fiction, director Hanson's thinly veiled bio of star Eminem's escape from the streets of Detroit will please more than the rapper's fans. Rabbit (Eminem) is a joyless autoworker living in the trailer park with his loose mother (Basinger) and little sister Lily (Greenfield). The only time that Rabbit has a chance to shine is at the rap battles organized by pal Future (Phifer), who sees talent in his friend. Also recognizing greatness (and a possible ticket out of the 'hood) is aspiring model Alex (Murphy), who quickly consummates a calculating relationship with Rabbit. The climactic rap battle allows Eminem to showcase the talent that made this "Rocky"-esque vehicle possible, although it wisely ends with Rabbit on the cusp of success and not at the pinnacle. Shot on location in Detroit.

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Available on Running time 118 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Hip-Hop/Rap, Detroit, Biopics: Musicians, Hard Knock Life
Scott Silver
Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer, Evan Jones, Eugene Byrd, Omar Benson Miller, De'Angelo Wilson, Taryn Manning, Michael Shannon, Anthony Mackie, Chloe Greenfield, Paul Bates, Craig Chandler
Rodrigo Prieto
Curtis Hanson
Danny Michael, Jay Rabinowitz, Craig Kitson, Kevin Kavanaugh, Mark Bridges, Philip Messina
Brian Grazer, Curtis Hanson, Jimmy Iovine, Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Universal Studios


Oscars 2002: Song ("Lose Yourself").

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I used to listen to Eminem a lot when i was younger and they played his music a lot on the radio, so when this movie came out, I figured I might as well see it because I was a fan of him. It seems to be somewhat of his life story of growing up and rapping. This movie has mostly dark colors in it giving off the mood of the movie. Eminem plays Rabbit. He likes rapping and is one of the only white guys that raps at the rap battles. He and Alex (Murphy) have a relationship forming, too. At the rap battles, there are some pretty good raps being made, especially when Rabbit goes against someone that gets pretty mad at the end of it. This movie is kind of good but not one of my favorites. It wouldn't be one of my movie choices. It's up to you if you want to watch this, but I would recommend seeing it at least once, just to see what all the hype was about.

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eminem is excellent