A slightly dimwitted amateur boxer from Philadelphia's tough neighborhood gets a surprise shot at fi... read moreghting for the heavyweight championship, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the local pet store.
The pinnacle of underdog sports stories, but more than that it's a captivating character portrait.
Reviewed 11 months days ago
Fighting for the underdog, an uplifting film, Eye of the Tiger!
Reviewed 14 months days ago
. Mocked and perverted by too many sequels and imitators, it's a warm underdog story and Stalone's finest work.
Controversial rap star Eminem makes his acting debut in this hard-edged urban drama, inspired in par... read moret by incidents from the musician's own life. Jimmy Smith (Eminem), known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit's entire life has been a hard climb, and it certainly hasn't gotten any easier lately; Rabbit has just been dumped by his girlfriend, forcing him to move back in with his emotionally unstable mother, Stephanie (Kim Basinger), and he's getting along especially poorly with Stephanie's new boyfriend. Rabbit has a factory job that's tough, demeaning, and doesn't pay especially well, and he's convinced his skills as a rapper are his only real hope at a better life. Rabbit makes music with a crew of DJ's and MC's who call themselves Three One Third, among them his close friend Future (Mekhi Phifer), but his status as a white kid making music in a predominantly African-American community and culture is extremely intimidating, and after Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he's convinced he's missed his chance and that he's doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. With the help of his friends, and his new girlfriend Alex (Brittany Murphy), Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality. 8 Mile was shot on location in Detroit; the name refers to 8 Mile Road, a thoroughfare along the city's perimeter which effectively separates the middle-class suburban neighborhoods from the lower-class inner-city. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Not bad for a city underdog story even though I am not into rap and hip-hop music.
Reviewed 16 months days ago
ng on the acting in this movie, but more because of what it was about and who it was about! I like underdog movies when the underdog makes it, especially when it is based on real life events of someo
Reviewed 2 years days ago
...Eminem can rap and rap well. And the truest sense of the most enjoyable underdog stories, you just cannot wait for his foes in the film to discover this as they duly do at
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Seth Gordon's documentary The King of Kong follows the exploits of the two best Donkey Kong players ... read morein America. Billy Mitchell has held the world record for the popular video game for over 20 years. The film covers his rise to prominence, and the circle of associates he keeps in the Twin Galaxies organization, which serves as the official referee and scorekeeper of the electronic gaming world; within the organization, Mitchell is highly revered for his prowess at a number of games. Eventually Steve Wiebe, with time on his hands now that he finds himself without a job, decides to seriously hunker down and challenge Mitchell's record. Gordon gets close to both men, and shows how the passionate arcade subculture harbors very powerful feelings about both of them. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Classic underdog story! Loved it & connected w/ it!
Reviewed 2 years days ago
e with gamers, eclectic to a level only nerds can get: Billy Mitchell (the d-bag), Steve Wiebe (the underdog), Walter Day (the questionable wise man), Brian Kuh (the creepy Smeagol-like apprentice) an
Reviewed 3 years days ago
. Wonderfully constructed documentary. Steve Wiebe is a wonderful everyman underdog hero. Game on gamers!