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Patti Cake$ (2017)

R | | Drama, Music | 18 August 2017 (USA)
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PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

Director:

Geremy Jasper

Writer:

Geremy Jasper
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sahr Ngaujah ... O-Z
Danielle Macdonald ... Patti
Bridget Everett ... Barb
Mamoudou Athie ... Basterd
Patrick Brana ... Slaz
Siddharth Dhananjay ... Jheri
Anna Suzuki ... Manager
Warren Bub ... Mr. Bagadella
McCaul Lombardi ... Danny Bagadella
John Sharian ... Lou
James Caulfield ... Singing Electrician
Ray Iannicelli ... Joe Puppy
Cathy Moriarty ... Nana
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Smitty
Adam Scarimbolo ... Pony
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PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patti Cake$ - Queen of Rap See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,599, 20 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$800,148, 12 October 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Australian Danielle Macdonald had to learn to rap and master the New Jersey accent for her role. See more »

Quotes

Patti: [to Barb] Act your age.
Barb: [to Patti] Act your race.
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References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »

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The Time that Never Was
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band
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A star is born
6 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love films centred around music. Being someone who grew up with music being a huge part of my life, who sings and who graduated last year with a degree in Vocal and Operatic Studies, so considers music very important and that it wasn't appreciated enough or sadly not cool to like as a subject in my school years.

Am not a big fan of rap, with a few exceptions, often finding it simplistic, repetitive and preachy, but have a high appreciation, if not quite love, for blues. So wasn't sure how good 'Patti Cake$' would be, despite it being positively received, but there are good music-following your dreams films out there and there was the hope that 'Patti Cake$' would be one of them. Seeing it, it was. Not as amazing as the best reviews have said it is, but for its flaws there is a lot to like here and it was quite the pleasant surprise.

Sure, 'Patti Cake$', being a film that treads familiar ground, is very predictable with not much new and characters that fall into cliché territory. The looking up to the rap god subplot is contrived and underdeveloped, feeling like filler. Agree too that the script has its clunky moments.

However, there are good things. The budget is not a huge one and 'Patti Cake$' is not a grand in spectacle film, nor does it need to be. It's hardly a cheap-looking film and is shot well. The music is catchy and tune, yes even the rap despite some simplistic lyric writing.

Most of the writing has humour that's a mix of gentle and witty, a warm heart and heartfelt poignancy. For its clichés and predictability and one subplot that falls flat, the story has freshness too and told in a way that has vibrancy and heart, with a lot of energy and creative spark, the very definition of feel good, it's very sweet, heart-warming and uplifting and the underdog/following your dreams story as a result just about works.

Geremy Jasper keeps things moving beautifully, with great direction of his actors and the drama and great, near-seamless synchronisation of visuals, staging and music. The characters, despite being clichés, are both fun and not hard to like, with the lead character being proof that one doesn't need to look like a supermodel to be an inspirational role model. In no way is that meant to cause offence, actually think lowly of people who think it's alright to make shallow comments about people's looks.

The cast do a great job, with Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay and Mamoudou Athie providing zesty support and Cathy Moriaty registering strongly too. Best of all, the backbone of the film and the best thing about it, is Danielle MacDonald, a brilliant star-making turn and she deserves to be a big star after this.

All in all, a very nice film that made me feel good, regardless of not completely loving it. Am aware that this review is going to be very unpopular, despite being a subjective person that the very eruditely written and in my mind honest positive reviews have so many negative useful votes is a surprise to me. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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