A well-written, directed, Indie film with an impressive cast headed by the fabulous, Danielle Macdonald.
This Australian actress plays Patti Drumbowski, a white, female, obese, young woman, barely out of her teens, who writes and delivers rap with the best of them.
Patti is working hard to make it in the business, and out of the lower class New Jersey town, where her lifetime nickname, "Dumbo" still plagues her.
She lives with her currently alcoholic, and formerly sexy, rock lead singer, mother, and disabled grandmother.
Patti is the "adult" in the family, supporting the three of them on a part-time bartending job and any other work she can find, while she shares in caring for her grandmother, who she adores.
Bitter, and unable to cope with aging, Barbara, Patti's mom, who was once a minor star singing in bands, even getting a contract and album released, has a love hate relationship with her daughter, and discourages Patti"s aspirations every chance she gets.
I didn't waste any time renting "Patti Cakes", when I saw it on Amazon, and even more so when I read Danielle is Australian and had to learn to rap, AND deliver it in a New Jersey accent!
Quite a challenge for a young actress, who handily carried this film, with the support of an excellent performance by Bridgette Everett, who played her mother, and an absolute, tour de force performance by the wonderful, accomplished veteran, Cathy Moriarty, Patti's grandmother.
Just a wonderful, raw, coming of age, feel-good film.
Danielle Macdonald gave a stand-out performance in a fantastic movie several years ago. She played a young teen, with Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning about two teenage girls who had just been released after 8 years in juvenile detention for kidnapping and allowing a baby to die, "Every Secret Thing." See it! It would give a good perspective seeing Danielle in a starring role in an American film, at even an earlier age.