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Patti Cake$ (2017)

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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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8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Genres:

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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director Geremy Jasper wrote all the rap lyrics in Patti Cake$. See more »

Quotes

Patti: [to Barb] Act your age.
Barb: [to Patti] Act your race.
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Connections

References The Hunger Games (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Double Dare Ya
Written by Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Tobi Vail and Kathryn Wilcox
Performed by Bikini Kill
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One of 2017's best, a great starting point for both director Geremy Jasper and leading actress Danielle MacDonald
15 July 2017 | by MatiasMontemayorSee all my reviews

Patti Cake$ is director Geremy Jasper's first feature film, and leading actress Danielle MacDonald's first major role, having had only supporting roles in small TV shows in the past. The premise of this movie is fairly simple, the movie is centred around the aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski (a.k.a Killa P, a.k.a Patti Cake$), she is fighting a quest for glory and fame to ultimately get out of her New Jersey hometown. This movie surprised me, I saw it around a month before release, and I can say it has been one of the better films I've watched this year, and can definitely see why it's an official Sundance selection. Danielle MacDonald is warm and funny throughout the film, Danielle also delivers very heartfelt and emotional scenes, giving an overall strong performance. Patti isn't the only character that shines here, Bridget Everett as Patti's mother, Barb, also feels real and also delivers a strong performance. The mother daughter dynamic between these two characters is something out of the ordinary, and something not usually shown by Hollywood. Patti's friend Hareesh (Siddharth Dhananjay) alongside Patti's grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) are both used mostly for comedic relief. Patti's "Nan" is, in my opinion, the stand out character of the film, she brings laughter to the movie, yet she also acts as Patti's mother figure, seeing that her real mother isn't really there for her when Patti needs her. This story follows Joseph Campbell's Heroes Journey step by step, yet it does so in a very refreshing and new way. With likable, relatable characters, all of which feel like actual people, something most Hero's journey stories fail. Many people argue that Hollywood's films are losing creativity, this is one very unique and specific film. A film I would recommend to most people, I myself don't listen to rap and while I don't dislike it, I don't like it either. After seeing this movie I've got the gritty and outstanding original songs stuck in my brain, something I can't usually say about rap. In conclusion, this film is a great starting point for both director Geremy Jasper and leading actress Danielle MacDonald, and one I highly recommend you watch when it comes out on August 18th.


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