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Patti Cake$

Patricia Dombrowski, the hefty young blond woman at the center of this offbeat comedy, chafes at the nickname "Dumbo"—in her mind, she's the hip-hop sensation Killa P, aka Patti Cake$, and stardom is just around the corner. Writer-director Geremy Jasper, making his feature debut, trades in showbiz cliche—Patti's blowsy mother reluctantly abandoned her own musical career after getting pregnant with her—but it's buoyed by the indomitable heroine (Danielle Macdonald) and her little posse of misfits, including an Indian-American pal working at a pharmacy (Siddharth Dhananjay), who lets her throw down over the store intercom, and a shy black punk (Mamoudou Athie) who crafts frenetic dance grooves. Like Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile (2002), the movie unfolds in a dead-end working-class community (Bergen County, New Jersey), with a nobody protagonist proving her worth through the strength, elegance, and wisdom of her rhymes.



  • Geremy Jasper


  • Danielle Macdonald
  • Bridget Everett
  • Cathy Moriarty
  • Siddharth Dhananjay
  • Mamoudou Athie
  • Patrick Brana
  • Sahr Ngaujah
  • MC Lyte
  • McCaul Lombardi
  • Wass Stevens
  • Nick Sandow
  • Ray Iannicelli
  • Daniel Sherman


  • Michael Gottwald
  • Noah Stahl
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Dan Janvey
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Chris Columbus
  • Lourenço Sant'Anna
  • Sophie Mas
  • Eleanor Columbus
  • Josh Penn
  • Jonathan Bronfman
  • Lon Molnar
  • Fernando Fraiha
  • Bill Benenson

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