Patti Cake$ 108 mins

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Aussie actress Danielle Macdonald is sensational as Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper from New Jersey who's determined to make her mark on the music scene.

A star was born when writer-director Geremy Jasper's terrific debut screened at Sundance this year. Sydney-born Danielle Macdonald wowed everyone as one of the great underdog characters of recent times.

People mock hefty white rapper Patricia Dombrowski (Macdonald), aka Patti Cake$, but in the great tradition of endearing movie misfits, she simply doesn't care. Nor is she deterred by living in a hovel with her alcoholic mother (Bridget Everett, priceless). With the help of her only friend, Hareesh (Siddharth Dhananjay) and a crazy African-American punk rocker named Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), Patti might just prove what we've suspected all along. Just like the actress who plays her, this kid's got talent.

'Jasper wraps it all up with a high-octane finale that leaves you wanting to see more of Patti and, more realistically, of Macdonald, whose talent is all but staggering. When you learn that she's not actually a Joisey girl or a rapper but is, in fact, Australian, the marvel factor is multiplied another few-fold.' – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

'Every few years, an indie character comes along who so perfectly captures what it's like to be mocked and marginalized, even as she refuses to let the bullies and abusers have the last word. That's the kind of character Patti Cake$ is.' – Peter Debruge, Variety

“An unambiguous joy.” The New York Times



4stars
“A TRIUMPHANT AIR PUNCH OF A MOVIE.”
The Guardian
“CRACKLES WITH ENERGY AND AUTHENTICITY."
—Hollywood Reporter ​
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