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Musicals have changed over the years In the past many movies were filled with light-hearted singing and dancing that entertained audiences on the big screen Most were family flicks that could be enjoyed by audiences of all ages But times are different now and so too are the musicals One movie in particular has changed many of the boundaries held by the common musical It contains sex violence and an extremely large quantity of profanity Also the music the film provides is unlike any other previous genre of music for it is a darker form of lyrical poetry The title of this movie is none another than 8 Mile In Curtis Hansons 8 Mile Jimmy Smith Jr Eminem more commonly known as Rabbit or B-Rabbit is an aspiring white rap artist struggling to be recognized for his lyrical talent in a music form that is dominated by black artists The story takes place in 1995 Detroit Michigan It is a city rapidly falling prey to economic devastation where Eight Mile Road marks the line that separates black urban streets from white suburbia The film depicts the rough aspects of Jimmys life through his job at a metal-pressing plant and his relationship with his self-serving alcoholic mother Stephanie Smith Kim Basinger It is also vividly portrayed in the gritty shooting style in which the films director creates the feeling of oppression and collapse The films thematic significance lies primarily in Jimmys efforts to overcome insecurities coping with his fear of failure surviving the reality life has dealt him and the appeal the movie still has todayOne scene that greatly illustrates Jimmys insecurities and fear of rejection occurs at the beginning of the film The locale is the dimly-lit mens room of an abandoned church where he vomits as a result of the anxiety he feels prior to going on stage This high angle shot of Jimmy leaning over a toilet then standing upright allows the audience
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