#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.
Plot: Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory.
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Thumbs way up from a not-a-rap-fan
I don’t hate rap, but let’s just say the only rap song I know goes “Now this is a story all about how / My life got flipped turned upside down…”
Patti Cake$ is a quintessential underdog story, but I give it major points for being possibly the only true underdog story out there. This is because, rather than pulling the Hollywood stunt of using a glamorous moviestar in the lead and uglying her down for the first half only to enact a–surprise!–transformation to glamorous moviestar at the end, Patti Cake$ doesn’t pander to that cheap device. It’s the story of a very unglamorous girl who’s trying to break into the rap scene even though she can’t even afford the ‘b’ in ‘bling’, let alone wear it.
What makes this story particularly interesting is that it’s not just a chronicle of her attempts at cracking the music biz, but it’s equally about her struggles with a sinking life, stuck in one of those faceless Jersey towns within sight of NYC but feeling like a million miles away. She is the youngest in a tri-generational home where the grandmother is bedridden, the mother is an alcoholic, and she, Patti, seems to be the sole bread earner. And thus it’s an interesting portrayal of a family life that got flipped turned upside down.
Just as much as I enjoyed the storyline about her musical aspirations, I loved the storyline about her family: the love-hate relationship with her alcoholic mother (herself a failed rockstar who released one album but got pregnant with Patti, thus ending her own career and harboring a lifetime of resentment) and the grandmother, EXPERTLY played by the legendary Cathy Moriarty (from “Raging Bull”), who is a tough old hag with a really soft heart who encourages Patti’s dreams and keeps her sane.
The tri-generational cross section (tough but kind grandmother, utter failure of a mom, young kid growing up confused) reminded me a lot of the excellent film Chocolat. If you liked that one, you’ll love Patti Cake$ even if you’re not a rap fan.
Which leads me to the rap part. The songs are really catchy with sly lyrics and great delivery by Patti, played by Australian actress Danielle Macdonald who had to take a 2-month crash course for the role, essentially training how to rap in dirty Jersey style. The film actually gave me a newfound appreciation for rap, the unique style, rhythm & rhyme scheme of each rapper as well as the impressive production that goes into making good beats. It’s not just about a bunch of juvenile delinquents loitering at the gas station making noise with their mouths (although that scene does happen), but it’s an art form like any other. And the song that ties it all up at the end does a great job of bridging the generational/musical gap between rap fans and classic rock fans.
The last bit I’ll mention is about a great theme that runs under the surface of this flick. And that is: chasing dreams (both positive and negative connotations). Throughout the film we see Patti slipping into alternate realities as she imagines her fantasy success. These scenes are done with a wonderful, vivid, surrealistic style of cinematography which contrasts well against the gritty Jersey reality that make up the rest of the story. The question being presented is whether it’s better to keep it real or to chase potentially false prophets.
If you like a good underdog story that’s more than the predictable Hollywood trope, then this is the flick for you. I… would… rate this flick around 7 or 8. And I yelled to the cabbie ‘yo homes smell ya later’
Macdonald is Utterly Believable and Amazing to Watch
When Sundance celebrates a film it’s not a sign of innovation or creative courage or unique vision. It just means that a low budget film is as much a slave to clichés, poorly constructed tropes, and mechanical audience pleasing manipulation as a mainstream one. The only difference is that it’s focused on underrepresented characters or subject matter. And that’s good, that’s important, of course. Yet, I most often use “Sundance Celebrated” as a derogatory term synonymous with a lack of creative courage. Films celebrated at Sundance seldom work for me.
PATTI CAKE$ is guilty of all those things.
And it completely worked for me. I dug this film immensely. Why? Mostly because I’m a sucker, I guess.
I’m a sucker for movies about people making music. I’m a sucker for movies about working class people trying to get by. I’m a sucker for movies about creativity and dreams and struggle. I’m a sucker for movies with energy and a sense of fantasy mixed with the hardships of the real world. But all of that can go horribly wrong. It’s easy to earn an eye roll when two characters hold hands for the first time and the music swells. It’s easy to lose patience when the mechanics of the script become so incredibly predictable that you can chart the struggles and victories in the first ten minutes.
Patti Cake$ is partly saved by director Geremy Jasper’s amazing synergy of music and imagery. The film is an absolute blast to watch if you love movies about music. But what really sells it is actress Danielle Macdonald as Killer P, A.K.A Patti Cake$.
Macdonald is sick in this. Utterly amazing. I fully believed she was a New Jersey girl with strong flow who the director found in some parking lot and decided to build a film around. I was ecstatic to find she’s an Australian actress who, before taking this role, had never heard a New Jersey accent and didn’t know how to rap.
It’s through her authenticity that I bought into the fantasy culmination of the perfectly orchestrated underdog struggle. Through her that I bought into the love and the joy and the hope.
And I walked out of the film happy and charged, finally content just to be an audience member pleased.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min)
Genre Drama, Music
Director Geremy Jasper
Writer Geremy Jasper
Actors Sahr Ngaujah, Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Mamoudou Athie
Awards 9 wins & 15 nominations.
Production Company Department of Motion Pictures
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Light Iron (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A