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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE MOVIES -

SHE HAS THE RHYMES ... AND THE REA­SONS, US, 106 MIN Hey, kids, you wanna make it as a hip-hop star? Then per­haps best not tear any pages from the play­book of as­pir­ing rap­per Patti Dom­browski (played by Danielle Macdonald). Rhyming un­der the han­dle of Killa P, Patti is go­ing to need a mir­a­cle to beat the odds every as­pect of her life is stack­ing against her. Nev­er­the­less, there is some­thing about this tough, tal­ented and tubby New Jersey wait­ress that sug­gests it will take more than re­lent­less poverty, squalor and mis­for­tune to make Patti give up her dream. What will grab you about this sur­pris­ingly in­fec­tious feel-good tale is the truly orig­i­nal shape Patti’s oth­er­wise fa­mil­iar dream can take. Her record­ing posse in­cludes a hy­per­ac­tive In­dian phar­ma­cist, a se­cre­tive black an­ar­chist and, I kid you not, her nanna. This is a big-hearted, beau­ti­ful and up­lift­ing movie with an en­dear­ing debut lead per­for­mance from Aus­tralian un­known Macdonald.

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