Patti Cake$ Screen 60 of 5 reviews

Patti Cake$

2017

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  • Two stars are born in “Patty Cake$,” one of those rare crowd-pleasers that earn their love honestly. The first is the sensational Danielle Macdonald, who plays the second: the movie’s title character, also known as Patricia Dombrowski... The movie treads familiar aspirational ground: Patricia has dreams, pluck and obstacles (she’s routinely taunted because of her weight), but her outsider status isn’t fetishized or romanticized, and she’s divinely real.

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    Film Comment: Laura Kern
    March 03, 2017 | Sundance | March/April 2017 Issue (p. 65)

    With its annoying title alone, Geremy Jasper's feature debut Patti Cake$ sounded like quirk overload, but in actuality, it was one of the highlights of Sundance 2017. [It's s]atisfying like those underdog youth musical-comedies of the 1980s.

  • In the energetic, sparky Patti Cake$, an overweight white New Jersey rapper struggles to escape her dead-end life and fabulously blowsy, boozy, scene-stealing mother (played by Bridget Everett). Luminous plus-size actress Danielle Macdonald in the title role will draw plentiful media attention and support for Patti Cake$, and certainly the soundtrack bristles.

  • The obstacles and opportunities that Patti encounters are often as rote as those characters, but her struggles and triumphs are detailed with a gravity that honors and elucidates her feelings. At the same time, periodic interludes from her comically lurid dream life and other flashes of humor... keep her journey from feeling too sorrowful or heavy-handed. In the end, many of the film’s parts are too flimsily constructed to linger long in the minds of the audience

  • Contemptible and grisly in nearly every way imaginable. A degrading fantasy masquerading as a narrative of quasi-empowerment... The film is hyper-engineered to be endearing: character quirks are cranked up to a deafening decuple, amateur hip hop that is neither cute nor gritty blares on the soundtrack, and the derivative screenplay undermines its own attempts at subversion.

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