Ralph Says PATTI CAKE$ Is A Nice Little Underdog Flick

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This review is coming from a writer that is sick of the “Underdog” movie. Don’t get me wrong, when it’s done right, it’s spectacular, but over the years I’ve gotten weary of the clichés. So, my expectations for “Patti Cake$” were low, considering how awful the trailers and the marketing portrayed the story.

Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, gave a spirited and overall fun performance. She won’t be considered for any awards because of how different the film is, but I loved her take on Patty. Patricia didn’t feel the need to change her appearance or voice to appeal to major audiences. Patty stands out because she’s a light to everyone around her, and that’s all due to Patricia’s performance. Patricia Dombrowski is surprisingly Australian, which made her work more impressive. I believed that she was born-and-raised from New Jersey, like Patti.

The film’s story is what concerned me going in, as I said above. I will say that, while it does hit all the clichés and convenient story points, it’s good enough. The writer and director for this movie, Geremy Jasper, makes it different enough to where I accepted that even though it did have the clichés, I liked everything else so much that I didn’t care. Patti’s story is human, and shows a side of her that was deeply touching. I’m happy to say that the story was sufficient.

Patti’s sidekick Jheri was a nice addition to the cast. Played by Siddharth Dhananjay, Jheri is one of those characters that you can’t root against. He brought a lot of love and energy to the story while also being a nice complimentary piece to Patti. I believe that director Geremy knew that since this isn’t his movie, he needed the best lines because of how great Siddharth was.

I also loved the overall feel of the movie. Geremy Jasper gave it this dirty, gritty feeling that made the tone realistic. I like feel-good coming of age movies, but the ones that take themselves more seriously have a special place in my heart.

“Patti Cake$” is a spark of realism that the movie season needed. The film isn’t particularly original, but the films gritty take on Patti makes it worth watching. Patricia Dombrowski is excellent as Patti, and Siddharth Dhananjay kills it as Jheri. The music did disappoint as a lot of the film revolves around Patti’s music, but it didn’t take away from the experience.

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