Posted Aug 31 2017

Patti Cake$ - This Movie Old School Rocks

Dir: Geremy Jasper

Starring Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty

And what a pleasant surprise Patti Cake$ turns out to be. Patricia Dombrowski, is an overweight white girl, in a run down small town in New Jersey. But she dreams of being a rapper – she calls herself Killa-P, most of her abusive, dismissive peers prefer to call her Dumbo. But Patti wants to escape this dreary life and her rhymes are her only way out, so, in time-honoured tradition, she gets the band together and they put on a show. The band includes her best friend, the less ambitious Hareesh (Dhananjay), a death metal rapper who goes by the name of Bastard The Antichrist (aka Bob) and her wheelchair bound Nana (a splendidly cantankerous Moriarty.)

Former video director Jasper’s debut movie is as decidedly old-fashioned as it strives to be contemporary. In all honesty, one of the great delights of Patti Cake$ is that it’s essentially the same movie as Cliff Richard’s The Young Ones. Or, more accurately, Prince’s Purple Rain – although it lacks the quality of songs found in both of those examples. Its other great delight is a star-making turn from Macdonald as Patti, a mixture of sass and vulnerability, spitting her rhymes as if her life depended on it, which, in a way as Jasper’s delightful film emphasises, it does.


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