Friday, 8 September 2017

Patti Cake$ Film Review

Catching up on film posts, rap and hip hop are not my natural home I have to admit, but they are for Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$. But her road to rap is not the fabled yellow brick road of Oz. Instead directed by Geremy Jasper in the Garden State of New Jersey, it might actually be a DJ guesting at a bar mitzvah. Such is the wacky path for grafter Patricia who sadly needs a break.

Danielle Macdonald's Patti cruises the mean streets with best friend Hareesh, played by Siddarth Dhananjay, who works in a chemists and sells 'teabags' on the side. She's a good kid looking after her Nan and holding her Mum's hair up when she's had one too many shots. But this is the New Jersey of Springsteen and just across the river is the dream of the bright twinkling lights of New York.

Nicknamed Dumbo since high school Patti pays the bills with soulless jobs, but without insurance, doctors bills are high for Nana. Her mother, once a singer until she fell pregnant with Patti, now lives a twilight life singing karaoke.

But Hareesh never gives up on their dream and at an open mic event they meet Basterd, who although billing himself as the anti-Christ, is actually a soft-hearted pianist played by Mamoudou Athie. With a recording studio in the woods, as you do. And they along with a spaced out Nana lay down tracks and create a $5 cd. But it has a catchy beat.

Eventually Patti gets a break, as a bartender for a catering company. Look when opportunity knocks you don't question it but grab it with both hands. Because this might lead to Oz the great and powerful rap artist.

But we're going to need more than a pair of ruby slippers for this fairy tale. It needs a full on Cinderella makeover courtesy of Mum's hairdressing skills. And maybe the bright lights of New York are still shining across the river, but it's your rap you're listening to.

A really uplifting movie that is plus-size fun.

Out of interest Danielle will be playing Willowdean Dickson opposite Jennifer Aniston as her mother in Dumplin' next year. A go big or go home beauty pageant film based on the book by Julie Murphy. A fat girl has a full, fabulous and interesting life. Who knew.

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