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In this inspirational underdog story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely hero finds her voice and chases her dreams in Patti Cake$, the first feature film from acclaimed music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, this Sundance Film Festival sensation chronicles a female rapper’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and unforgettable performances.
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Critics Consensus: Patti Cake$ hits a number of predictable beats, but adds enough fresh elements -- not least Danielle MacDonald's potentially starmaking turn -- to make its underdog story work.
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Common Sense Says
White female rapper chases success; language, sex, drinking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Patti Cake$ is a 2017 coming-of-age tale about a working-class New Jersey white woman who wants to be a rapper. Race isn't her only problem. In reference to her plus-size body, neighborhood guys have been calling her "Dumbo" since junior high. Fighting many stereotypes, she yearns to receive recognition for her talent from a Jersey hip-hop producer. A scene takes place in a pole-dancing bar, but no nudity is shown. A couple has sex but nothing is shown. Language is explicit both in Patti's life and lyrics, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "vagina," "hell," and "t-tty." Characters drink alcohol and smoke both marijuana and cigarettes. Alcoholism is on display. A picture of a bare-breasted woman is on a dart board. A mother tells her daughter to show more cleavage to get a job. A man says he couldn't have sex with a mermaid because of her fin so he asked for "a little head." He then asks who does he have to "blow" to get a drink. Bathroom graffiti displays male genitals.
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- Release Date:August 18, 2017
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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