We were invited to an advance screening of “Patty Cake$” with Atlanta Film Festival at Landmark Theatre.
What we need in life:
1. A dream.
2. A hype man. That person that pushes you forward when you start doubting yourself or people try and take away your confidence.
3. The courage to just go for it.
4. A soundtrack playing in your head because when you throw up the middle finger and Do You, there must be a good soundtrack to channel your emotions.
We have all stood in the mirror and had fantasies of meeting our favorite artist, or standing in front of a stadium full of screaming fans. What if you do not fit the image of the artist you admire? What if you live the life of the lyrics that stream through the radio waves but you look nothing like the image? Does that make you a “culture vulture” if you are a young, overweight white woman and your hype man is a Middle Eastern young man? What if your love interest is a young black man who plays punk music? Is he a culture vulture? We were fully prepared to see a satire of Iggy Azalea. Instead, we saw a film about friendship, struggle, determination, love, and doing what it takes. Patricia Dombrowski (played by Danielle MacDonald) pushes us to challenge how we express ourselves when we do not fit the mold. Patty is the story of many women, we push through to discover ourselves and find our voice. The best part of it all is when someone recognizes the authenticity of our story and shares it with others. Patty Cake$ broke it, and left the audience picking up the ashes.
From the desk of Dr. Metzger:
“Is this the untold story of Iggy Azalea?” I thought to myself when I saw Australian actress and rapper in the same sentence. It was far from a cheesy biopic. The performances were top notch. Bridgette Everett might get some nomination love during award season with her not-so-motherly role as “Barb”. The film touches all the chords. I laughed (Grandma was mostly responsible), I winced, I got chills and even had moments when I turned to Lauren and was like “what the hell?”. It tackles some pretty heavy issues including cultural appropriation, fat shaming and the uninsured healthcare crisis without losing the appeal of a well done underdog story. Y’all already know I love a “dream, believe, do” story and this hit all the marks. It’s a theatre ticket for me. In case you were wondering, Patti Cake$ can really spit.
Directed by: Geremy Jasper
Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie
Runtime: 1hr, 48mins
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