History Film / EightMile

11th Jan '18 4:45:03 AM tropeminer
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->''"Look...if you had...one shot...or one opportunity...to seize everything you ever wanted...in one moment...Would you capture...or just let it slip?."''
-->-- '''Opening words in "Lose Yourself".'''



** Also Cheddar Bob, of all people, when he asks Jimmy if he's worried about Papa Doc telling everybody about what he and the Free World rap group did to him [[spoiler:giving Jimmy the idea to self-deprecate in his rap to rid Papa Doc of any material.]]




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-->''"You could do anything you set your mind to, man."''
8th Jan '18 4:28:08 PM tropeminer
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* IronicEcho: As a kind of BookEnds, the film starts with B. Rabbit choking during a rap battle at the shelter in front of a large crowd; not saying a single word. [[spoiler: The film ends with Papa Doc being rendered speechless on his turn at the rap battle after Rabbit brilliantly disarms him of any criticisms Papa Doc can point out, losing his street cred in the process]].

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* IronicEcho: As a kind of BookEnds, the film starts with B. Rabbit choking during a rap battle at the shelter in front of a large crowd; not saying a single word. [[spoiler: The film ends with Papa Doc being rendered speechless on his turn at the a rap battle after Rabbit brilliantly disarms him of any criticisms Papa Doc disses he can point out, losing out about Rabbit and loses his street cred in the process]].
8th Jan '18 8:33:52 AM tropeminer
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* IronicEcho: As a kind of BookEnds, the film starts with B. Rabbit choking during a rap battle at the shelter in front of a large crowd; not saying a single word. [[spoiler: The film ends with Papa Doc being rendered speechless on his turn at the rap battle after Rabbit brilliantly disarms him of any criticisms Papa Doc can point out, losing his street cred in the process]].
23rd Dec '17 5:34:37 PM theladyvanishes
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: [[spoiler:Jimmy discovering Wink having sex with Alex is a serious scene, but cutting away to seeing them fight through a window in the background as a rapper is casually being interviewed for a radio show is hilarious.]]


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* ShownTheirWork: The film feels as authentically Detroit as its protagonist is. SceneryGorn, [=WJLB=], The Shelter (a real music venue in Detroit, though different from the venue shown in the film), Gratiot Avenue, and the fact that Jimmy is one of the few white characters in the whole film.
23rd Dec '17 5:28:45 PM theladyvanishes
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Jimmy loves his sister, and his only thought when about to be confronted with the Free World is getting her out of harm's way. He even helps burn down an abandoned house where a girl was raped after one of his friends asks him to imagine if the same thing happened to her.



** The bingo games Stephanie goes to [[spoiler:end up working out when she finally wins just in time to save the family from eviction.]]



* DisappearedDad: Jimmy's father left a while ago, leaving his mother stranded.



* LoserProtagonist: Jimmy starts the film still living at home in a trailer with his mother, has a dead-end job at a plant, has no girlfriend and is humiliating after choking during a rap battle.



* MrsRobinson: Jimmy's mother is dating a guy who went to school with her son, though it's mostly so she can benefit from his settlement money. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, he ends up dumping her when it actually rolls in.]]



* NoRomanticResolution: Jimmy doesn't talk with Alex again after their conversation before the rap battle, and she presumably leaves for New York shortly after.



* SelfDeprecation: [[spoiler:Alongside the subsequent pretender dis against Papa Doc, this is the main reason for Jimmy's win in the final rap battle. He pre-empts Papa Doc by acknowledging every possible diss he can use against him, but that despite all that he's still fighting on. The crowd admires his honesty, and Papa Doc is left without any material.]]

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* SelfDeprecation: [[spoiler:Alongside the subsequent pretender dis against Papa Doc, this is the main reason for Jimmy's win in the final rap battle. He Employing tactics that Eminem himself used in real life, he pre-empts Papa Doc by acknowledging every possible diss he can use against him, but that despite all that he's still fighting on. The crowd admires his honesty, and Papa Doc is left without any material.]]
12th Dec '17 11:39:50 PM jabberwocky1996
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6th Dec '17 8:48:04 PM makesshoes
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jimmy's initial reaction when he realized Lily was watching when he was fighting with their mom's boyfriend.
29th May '17 4:24:53 AM neckinhalf
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the final rap battle, Papa Doc lets B-Rabbit go first. With all the ammunition he had against B, it seemed logical to let Rabbit go first and get his round out of the way so Doc could drop the bombs. However, B-Rabbit used this as an opportunity to bring up and counter EVERYTHING Doc was going to use against him. He loses in the worst way (choking) as a result. Had Papa gone first, B-Rabbit trying the same stuff might have been seen as flailing.
28th Feb '17 5:40:18 PM Mdumas43073
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9th Feb '17 12:12:53 PM major-kumquat
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