Patti Cake$

Opens Friday, August 25
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1hr 48mins // directed by:Geremy Jasper // featuring:Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty // CC, AD, Assisted Listening

Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski drafts rhymes behind the bar at a dingy dive, trying to pay off her coarse but beloved Nana’s medical bills and support her hard-drinking mom, whose own musical aspirations failed long ago.

Patti and her rap partner/best friend Jheri share dreams of fame, fortune, and escaping Dirty Jersey for good, but they haven’t found a producer with the "fire beats" they need. Unbroken by the taunts of local goons, she unexpectedly gravitates to a reclusive goth-metal musician named Basterd, a newcomer who just might be able to help Patti achieve hip-hop superstardom.

Critics Pick "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


"Mr. Jasper at once finds a new variation on a central hip-hop theme and gives a hip-hop inflection to a durable show-business-movie convention. As long as there are underdogs and misunderstood kids fighting to be noticed (and paid), there will be stories like this one, walking the line between cliché and classic with grit, conviction and just enough cynicism to keep things from getting too corny." — A. O. Scott, The New York Times


"Patti Cake$ is the latest proof that it’s not the story you tell but the way that you tell it. Geremy Jasper’s feature debut is an underdog saga that sticks so closely to the classic Rocky template — small-time schmoe with big heart goes for his/her dream despite all odds — that the screenplay might be actionable if the movie itself weren’t so adorable." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe