Directed by Geremy Jasper
Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory.
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★★★½ review by Amy Andrews on Letterboxd
Trope after trope after trope, but no matter because Patti's freestyle scenes make up for it.
★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
"Cool. I think I'm Episcopalian."
"It's yah Mitzvah, it's ya Mitzvah;
we gon' party like it's ya Mitzvah."
★★★½ review by Mika Strouse on Letterboxd
There's something inherently organic about this movie. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously and even is kind of self-aware of its own cliches. With an absolutely lovable cast and a sort of esoteric authenticity that is severely lacking nowadays.
I'm a sucker for movies about people making music. I'm a sucker for movies about working class people trying to get by. I'm a sucker for movies about creativity and dreams and struggle. I'm a sucker for movies with energy and a sense of fantasy mixed with the hardships of the real world. But all of that can go horribly wrong. It's easy to earn an eye roll when two characters hold hands for the first time and the music swells. It's easy to lose patience when the mechanics of the script become so incredibly predictable that you can chart the struggles and victories in the first ten minutes.
Patti Cake$ is partly saved by director Geremy Jasper's amazing synergy of music and imagery. The film is an absolute blast to watch if you love movies about music. But what really sells it is actress Danielle Macdonald as Killer P, A.K.A Patti Cake$. I can now understand the 10-minute standing ovation at Cannes -- This is the kind of feel-good movie we all need to see right now.
★★★½ review by Aidan Fealy on Letterboxd
I mostly skimmed this flick, but it was well made and incredibly likable. Not to mention Patti spits some
F I R E
-on more than one occasion.
★★★★★ review by Christa Bass on Letterboxd
Best film of the year and this year gave us Get Out. I loved every minute of Patricia's quest, the characters are all so well-rounded, the soundtrack is brilliant and I need to go again.
We need more heroines like this, we need to see more leading ladies as good as this. Gimme more!
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