Sundance Smash ‘Patti Cake$’ Gets Summer Release Date

Fox Searchlight acquired the comedy for $9.5 million at the festival

Patti Cake$
Fox Searchlight

Geremy Jasper’s debut film “Patti Cake$,” which underwent a heated bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released in theaters on July 7, Fox Searchlight announced Friday.

The company acquired the film for $9.5 million at the festival, beating out several other studios including Lionsgate, Annapurna, and Amazon. The comedy received strong reviews at its Sundance.

“Patti Cake$” stars newcomer Danielle McDonald as the titular rapper — real name Patricia Dombrowski — and follows her attempts to make it big in New Jersey’s hip-hop underground scene even as her life continues to fall apart.

Bridget Everett, known for appearing in “Inside Amy Schumer,” stars as her mother, while Cathy Moriarty, who performed opposite Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull,” plays Patti’s grandmother in the film.

“Patti Cake$” is produced and financed by RT Features. Rodrigo Teixeira produced alongside Michael Gottwald, Noah Stahl, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Chris Columbus. Lourenço Sant’Anna, Sophie Mas, Eleanor Columbus, Josh Penn, Jonathan Bronfman, Lon Molnar and Fernando Fraiha are executive producers.