Patti Cake$

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Patti Cake$
Patti Cakes.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeremy Jasper
Produced by
  • Chris Columbus
  • Michael Gottwald
  • Dan Janvey
  • Noah Stahl
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
Written byGeremy Jasper
CinematographyFederico Cesca
Edited byBrad Turner
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23) (Sundance)
  • August 18, 2017 (2017-08-18) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million[2]
Box office$1.5 million[1]

Patti Cake$ is a 2017 American drama film directed by Geremy Jasper. It was screened in the US Dramatic Competition section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[3][4] It was released on August 18, 2017, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.


Patricia "Dumbo" Dombrowski is an overweight white woman from Bergen County, New Jersey, who seeks fame and fortune as a rapper. She faces several obstacles including discouragement from some people close to her as well as encouragement from others.



Patti Cake$ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017. The film received distribution offers from Focus Features, Neon, The Orchard and Annapurna Pictures.[6] However, Fox Searchlight Pictures, acquired distribution rights to the film for $9.5 million, the second largest deal of the festival behind Amazon Studios' purchase of The Big Sick.[7][8] It was released on August 18, 2017.[9]


Patti Cake$ received generally positive reviews from critics.[10][11] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 83% based on 132 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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."[12] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[13]

New York Magazine's called the film a "Sundance charmer" and described it as perhaps "the most endearing surprise," of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[14] USA Today reported that star of the film Danielle Macdonald was met with a standing ovation when she took the stage after the world premiere at Sundance.[15] Macdonald has been described as the break out star of the film.[16]

The film has been compared to Hustle & Flow and 8 Mile,[17] which both also portray a person struggling to create a career as a rapper.


  1. ^ a b "Patti Cake$ (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Patti Cake$ – PowerGrind". Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Erbland, Kate (November 30, 2016). "Sundance 2017 Announces Competition and NEXT Lineups, Including Returning Favorites and Major Contenders". IndieWire. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "N.J. movie that scored $10.5M deal at Sundance getting first local showing". Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Gandhi, Lakshimi (January 17, 2017). "Asian-American Films Take Focus at 2017 Sundance Film Festival". NBC News. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (January 23, 2017). "Sundance: Suburban Rapper Comedy 'Patti Cake$' Sparks $10M Bidding War". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 24, 2017). "'Patti Cake$ Near Deal To Fox Searchlight For $10.5M: Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Lawson, Richard (January 30, 2017). "What Sundance Means for the 2018 Oscar Race". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Patti Cake$". Fox Searchlight. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Debruge, Peter (January 23, 2017). "Sundance Film Review: 'Patti Cake$'". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "More distribution deals struck at Sundance '17". Salt Lake Tribune. January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "Patti Cake$ (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "Patti Cake$ reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  14. ^ Yuan, Jada (January 28, 2017). "Talking to the Ass-Kicking, Plus-size, Rapping Stars of Sundance Sensation Patti Cake$". Vulture. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Ryan, Patrick (January 24, 2017). "Sundance: Meet the breakout star of crowd-pleaser 'Patti Cake$'". USA Today. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  16. ^ Vognar, Chris. "DMN culture critic Chris Vognar's 10 must-see Sundance films". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  17. ^ Dowd, A. A. (January 24, 2017). "Jordan Peele's woke horror thriller Get Out makes a surprise midnight debut". A.V. Club. Retrieved January 31, 2017.

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