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Patti Cake$ [2017] [R] - 6.3.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A young working class woman (Danielle Macdonald) stuck in her New Jersey hometown dreams of being discovered as the next great rap artist. Also with Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty, McCaul Lombardi and Patrick Brana. Directed by Geremy Jasper. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A centerfold photo is nude from the hips up (we see her bare breasts and abdomen) and hangs from a dartboard in a bar and two darts are shown protruding from her nipples. Several exotic dancers spin around dance polls on a stage and we see their bare buttocks, backs, abdomens and legs (they are wearing skimpy bikinis). A woman in a video dances and we see her bare buttocks and back. A woman opens her adult daughter's blouse to reveal cleavage and tells her, "God gave you weapons, use them," before the daughter goes to a job interview. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses in many scenes throughout the movie showing various depths of cleavage. A drawing of male genitals is seen on a bathroom stall. Several men are shown shirtless and their bare shoulders, backs an, chests and abdomens are seen. A man's shirt hangs open and we see his bare chest.
 A man and a woman kiss, lie on a bed and sex is implied (the woman is shown covered by a blanket with bare shoulders exposed later). A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman covered with blankets are shown sleeping in bed (we see their feet exposed and their clothes, including underwear, strewn on the floor).
A man looks at a woman and says, "You'll get in shape," by being on her feet all day for work. A woman grabs her clothed crotch and clothed breasts while a man watches her on CCTV in a drug store and the pretend to be making introductions for each other over the loud speaker in the store. A man talks to a woman about sexual tension between another man and the woman.
 A woman admires a man's arms as he kneads dough (he's wearing a tank top that reveals his shoulders and arms). A woman asks her mother, "What's got into you?" and the mother replies, "He did." A man invites a younger woman to sit on his lap so that he can count her freckles. A woman speaks rap lyrics that describe a man sending pictures of his genitals. A man at a bar makes sexual jokes and remarks in several scenes in the movie. A man says he will not perform at a strip club for "Perverts who objectify women."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man head-butts a woman during a rap battle and we see her with a bloody nose. After smoking a drug a woman hyperventilates and yells for someone to call an ambulance because she is having a heart attack (she is fine later). A woman pounds on her steering wheel and yells after getting fired from a job. A woman throws a drink in a man's face and quits her job. Someone in an audience throws a drink in a cup at a woman preparing to perform on stage. A woman dances on a stage and a bar and falls on the floor drunk (we see her on crutches later with her foot bandaged.
 A woman receives a couple of recorded phone messages regarding unpaid medical bills and they threaten legal action. A woman and her adult daughter argue bitterly in a few scenes. A man says that he does not believe in the law and identifies himself as an anarchist. An audience heckles a group on a stage before they perform.
 We understand that a woman died from a stroke and we see people gathered at a funeral. A woman genuflects and walks through a tunnel that is painted with the words, "Gates of Hell." A woman takes her grandmother to a cemetery where she places an ice cream cake on a grave and talks to her dead husband. A man on stage screams into a microphone with blaring music in the background.
 A woman vomits into a dirty toilet after drinking too much on a bar and we hear gagging, splattering and see vomit in the bowl. A woman changes her grandmother's adult diaper (we see a portion of the fresh diaper but no nudity or waste). A woman smears a slimy banana peel off an album cover in the garbage. We see a woman in a hospital bed with oxygen tubes in her nose and we understand that she has had a stroke.
 We see a "sculpture" with ram horns and bone fragments (presumably from animals). A man is shown with facial piercings and wearing a white contact lens that makes his eye look like is covered with a cataract.

PROFANITY 10 - At least 76 F-words and its derivatives, 9 obscene hand gestures, 17 sexual references, 59 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 24 mild obscenities, 6 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (idiot, Dumbo, toxic, bastard, freak, sheep, corny, sexy beast, pig, Jabba the Hutt, two bit tramp, fugly, tough guy, hobo, crow, crazy, stupid, mute, culture vulture, stubborn, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Son of Sam, boojee, fat, lunatic, garbage), 3 religious profanities (GD), 15 religious exclamations (e.g. Christ, Oh God, God, anti-Christ, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Oh My God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man sells another man a bag of drugs in a parking lot (presumably marijuana), a reference is made to smoking a blunt, a reference is made to dime bags in a few scenes, a man gives another man a bag of what he thinks is marijuana and the second man says that it is oregano, several people smoke marijuana and a woman begins to hallucinate and hyperventilate, a woman complains of hip pain and her granddaughter gives her a Percocet which she swallows, a reference is made to someone using Cialis, and several prescription medication vials are shown on a table. Men and women drink shots of liquor at a bar in several scenes, a man drinks from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag in a parking lot, a woman drinks wine from a coffee mug at home in several scenes, we see open and partially empty bottles of wine in a home in several scenes, a woman holds a bottle of champagne in a dream sequence, people drink champagne at a party, a woman mixes a Green God Absinthe and a man drinks it, people drink at a Bar Mitzvah, a woman drinks from a beer bottle in a kitchen, a woman sings about someone battling the bottle, and a woman talks about having a DUI. Two women smoke cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie, smoke comes from a man's mouth during a video, a man smokes a cigar, and we see a large ashtray filled with cigarette butts in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Music industry, desperation, depression, death of a parent/grandparent, strokes, financial difficulties, lost dreams, freedom.

MESSAGE - Follow your dream.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P10 - MPAAR

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