INSPIRED by writer-director Geremy Jasper’s efforts to break into the New York music scene, Patti Cake$ is a crowd-pleasing underdog story, which wears its heart on its sleeve.
This modern-day fable about shooting for the moon, when everyone is telling you to dream smaller, earned standing ovations when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The film’s unlikely heroine – an overweight New Jersey 20-something with a talent for immortalising her day-to-day 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 to her feet and retaliates with a spontaneously crafted barrage of weaponised wordplay.
Jasper penned the songs and he gifts melodic dialogue to a small yet perfectly aligned cast.
“I’m an anarchist,” proclaims one death metal noisemaker to explain his disturbing Marilyn Mansonesque appearance.
“I think I’m Episcopalian,” tenderly replies the unshockable heroine.
This star in the making is Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald), who fantasises about public adoration under her rapper moniker Killa-P to rival her gold-toothed hip hop idol, O-Z (Sahr Ngaujah).
Alas, Patricia is stuck in a dead-end job tending the bar where her booze-soaked
Rapper delights: Danielle Macdonald as Patti Dombrowski mother Barb (Bridget Everett) belts out 1980s anthems on the karaoke machine, and locals cruelly taunt her plus-size fabulousness by calling her Dumbo. Music is Patricia’s escape from crushing...