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PATTI CAKE (15, 109 mins)

IN­SPIRED by wri­ter­di­rec­tor Geremy Jasper’s ef­forts to break into the New York mu­sic scene, Patti Cake is a crowd­pleas­ing fa­ble which wears its heart on its sleeve.

The film’s un­likely hero­ine – an over­weight New Jer­sey twen­tysome­thing with a tal­ent for im­mor­tal­is­ing her day-to­day ex­is­tence in snappy verse – is a di­a­mond in the rough who just needs that one slice of luck to re­alise her po­ten­tial.

Every time life beats her down, she gets back up and re­tal­i­ates with a bar­rage of weaponised word­play.

Pa­tri­cia Dom­browski (Danielle Macdon­ald) fan­ta­sises about pub­lic ado­ra­tion un­der her rap­per moniker Killa-P.

Alas, Pa­tri­cia is stuck in a dead-end job tend­ing the bar where her booze­soaked mother Barb (Bridget Everett) belts out 1980s an­thems on the karaoke ma­chine, and lo­cals cru­elly taunt her plus-size fab­u­lous­ness.

Mu­sic is Pa­tri­cia’s es­cape from re­al­ity and she com­poses tight rhymes with her best friend Jheri (Sid­dharth Dhanan­jay).

Un­daunted by her mother’s scorn, Pa­tri­cia forges a creative union with a self-anointed An­tichrist called Bas­terd (Mamoudou Athie) in the hope of find­ing the per­fect beat for her con­fes­sional lyrics.

But frag­ile dreams shat­ter and Pa­tri­cia turns to her emo­tional rock Nana (Cathy Mo­ri­arty).

Patti Cake ex­udes a rough-hewn charm that ex­tends to the stel­lar lead per­for­mance from upand-com­ing Aus­tralian ac­tress Macdon­ald.

Hope­ful­ness bumps and grinds with emo­tional hard knocks, re­mind­ing us that dark­ness lies be­neath the best fairy­tales.

Patti Dom­browski (Danielle Macdon­ald) makes a stand

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