In Review: Patti Cake$ '...See this movie and come away feeling thoroughly glad of heart'

Patti Cake$


Director: Geremy Jasper. 108 mins. Rated: 15.
Rating: 4/5 Very good lots to enjoy


New Jersey based Patricia, aka Patti Cake$ (Danielle McDonald), lives with her loving but infirm Nana (Cathy Moriarty) in poverty following a medical insurance bill after Nana’s latest treatment. She works zero hours contracts by tending bar at night and for a local caterer, but she dreams of becoming a rap artist and escape the grime and grind of her home town. But who will take notice of an overweight, white woman who wants to battle it out against more establish men on a traditionally black music scene? Teaming up with her best friend (Siddharth Dhananjay) and a reclusive black rocker (Mamoudou Athie) she records a demo album and makes a break for the big-time.
Review, by Reelreviewer

This modern-day fairytale is set, of all places, in modern day New Jersey USA.

So, more Grimy Brothers than Grim Brothers then but, amidst the power station and factory towers and grinding poverty of its working class setting, twinkles the star of a true Disney narrative as Cinderella meets Eight Mile.

Cinders (our Patti Cakes) is nothing like her svelte, Barbie-doll forbears however, a clue to her appearance being that she is nicknamed after another Disney character, that flying elephant Dumbo.

In the title role, Danielle McDonald is punchy, funny, sassy and verbose, as are all of the wonderful and hugely impressive support cast.

What I noticed most about this movie, despite it being as derivative as any other fairy-tale, new or old, is how the characters are smartly inverted.

See this movie and come away feeling thoroughly glad of heart.

For more about the film, read the full review

Cast & credits

Director: Geremy Jasper. 108 mins. The Department of Motion Pictures/RT Features/Stay Gold Features. (15)
Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Noah Stahl, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Rodrigo Teixeira.
Writer: Geremy Jasper
Camera: Federico Cesca.
Music: Jason Binnick, Geremy Jasper.
Sets: Meredith Lippincott.
Danielle McDonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty, McCaul Lombardi, Patrick Brana.
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Photo credit: 20th century Fox/Fox Searchlight.


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