Directed by Geremy Jasper. US. 2017. R. 1 hour 48 minutes. Fox Searchlight. Digital.
Fri., September 15, 2017 thru Thu., September 21, 2017
Ends Thu, Sep 21.
Patti Cake$ introduces Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role, as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) and only friends, Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), Patti also shoulders her mom’s (Bridget Everett) heartaches and misfortunes.
“Ms. Macdonald is quite simply a revelation, capturing the reflexive self-confidence and defensive diffidence of the millennial generation with sneaky sincerity and offhand wit.” – A.). Scott, The New York Times
“One could argue that “Patti Cake$” doesn’t break any new ground, but that would ignore the infectious attitude of its determine young heroine, and how much it stands out from conventional variations. The movie presents an unorthodox protagonist and lets her be sexy, intimidating, and heroic in her resilience against a cruel world.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
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