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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

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

Gross USA:

$800,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,482,356
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Patti was supposed to be from Lodi, New Jersey as a tribute to Glenn Danzig/The Misfits, but writer/director Geremy Jasper wound up changing Patti's hometown. See more »

Quotes

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

References Wheel of Fortune (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Wake Up, Sheep!
Written by Geremy Jasper
Produced by Jason Binnick and Geremy Jasper
Performed by Mamoudou Athie
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Fun, Edgy Comedy Mixed With Great Music
6 August 2017 | by bastille-852-731547See all my reviews

From early on in "Patti Cake$," it seems evident that director Geremy Jasper's energetic style and tone to this story of a woman from 'dirty Jersey' trying to make it big in the rap scene will likely make this independent film appealing to mainstream audiences as well. First of all, the film's music is excellent. It is well-written, authentic and filled to the bone with genuine passion. If you're a rap fan, this would make the film most certainly worth the price of admission alone. The film has some notable performances as well, with Danielle Macdonald's role as Patti particularly note-worthy. The depiction of New Jersey is gritty and realistic, while still keeping a sense of dry humor when necessary, and the characters--while offbeat--are generally developed nicely.

However, the film is not without flaws. The main reason why this is the case is because of the film's rather generic script. While the script feels a bit bundled in parts and seems to work a little overtime to make the movie feel like a 'crowd-pleaser,' that's not the main problem with it. The real concern here is that the film contains a number of clichés that have been done many times before in films about performing arts. This makes the movie feel very slightly tedious and containing a bit of narrative 'filler' due to the presence of these tried-and-true events. As a result, it could have been about 10 or 15 minutes shorter without really losing anything.

While the movie is enjoyable and amusing throughout, it really rises to the occasion during the scenes Patti is rapping. In those scenes, the energy is truly both electric and infectious. Due to this (and the film's characters and accessibility,) this could also be an independent film that breaks out and finds a real audience in wide release, much like "The Big Sick" did earlier this summer--although unlike "The Big Sick," people will also run to iTunes when they get on their computers after arriving home from the theater to download the soundtrack. Recommended. 7/10

Disclaimer: I have not yet seen "The Big Sick," although I do plan on watching it on Redbox, and am not attempting to compare this film to that one in terms of quality. I was only using it as a comparison on the nature of accessibility/mainstream appeal.


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