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181 Ratings

Patti Cake$

Directed by Geremy Jasper
United States, 2017
Comedy, Drama


Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory.

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Patti Cake$ Directed by Geremy Jasper
This is a triumphant air punch of a movie. The fact that it is a formulaic underdog story – poor, white and podgy, Patti is not obvious rap star material – which dutifully hits all the required story beats, matters less than you would imagine. This is what feelgood cinema looks like and it’s plus-size, trashy and full of attitude.
September 03, 2017
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What elevates it and makes it special are its attention to local geographic and atmosphere, the mundane aspects of working-class Northeastern U.S. life, and the culturally specific types you’ll find in that environment. The movie is generally at its best when it’s showing the intersection of white, black and immigrant youth around hip-hop, including weed culture, street corner freestyle contests, homemade studio jams and the sharing of homemade music.
August 18, 2017
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For all its jittery attitude and outsider milieu, though, the movie is too bent on pleasing crowds to cohere into a point of view. Indeed the most transgressive thing about Patti Cake$ is the whiteness of its heroine in a black world. While the bit parts are manned by local rappers, this is a story more about gender than it is about race, and Jasper ventures only a little way out on a ledge with that.
August 17, 2017
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