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Patti Cake$ tells the story of an aspiring New Jersey rapper who has plenty of talent and is dreaming big but has to go through the grind, hoping that fate will be at her side.

It’s intended to be fresh, and elements of uniqueness appear from time to time. Patti Cake$ reminds one of the genius behind movies like 8 Mile, but unfortunately a very familiar story idea negates that. Perhaps it tries too hard to be different, but ends up almost too familiar.

To give credit where it’s due, Patti Cakesees a very talented Danielle MacDonald as the protagonist, displaying a very award worthy performance. Geremy Jasper’s direction is keen and intelligent, the supporting acts give fine performances too, but somehow it just feels that all of this great talent deserved a better final product.

★★★

Reviewed by Joseph Rana.