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Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$

A plus-sized, working-class white gal living in semi-urban nowhere New Jersey dreams of becoming a rap star. So, with her Indian best friend, a goth-punk kid and her wheelchair-bound nana, she forms a rap group. Equally far-fetched and familiar, this slight but sincere variation on 8 Mile works mainly thanks to star Danielle Macdonald. Her daydreaming rhyme-spitter is equally sympathetic and talented. If only first-time writer-director (and song writer) Geremy Jasper had come up with a more original story. FULL REVIEW: 8 Mile goes to Jersey in beat-dropping indie drama by Devin D. O’Leary (8/31/2017). 108 minutes R.