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Bridget Everett's Barb is the Hot Mess Matriarch of Sundance Hit Patti Cake$

Patti Cakes

"I’m gorgeous, you boss bitch." It’s this mantra that propels Patricia Dombrowski to realize her full, unfiltered potential in the Sundance breakout film Patti Cake$. The movie, starring Australian-born Danielle Macdonald, follows the titular Patti Cake$ through the grime of New Jersey as she engages in fiery rap battles and dead-end catering jobs to make it as the next big rap star.

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Alongside supporting turns from her musical sidekicks Hareesh (played by Siddharth Dhananjay) and a mysterious man named Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), the film isn’t content to just take on the misogyny of rap one lyric at a time. It’s also brutally hilarious thanks to the whip-quick style of first-time director Geremy Jasper and an iconic turn by Bridget Everett as Patti’s deadbeat mom Barb, whose dreams of becoming a singer gave way to a life of bad karaoke and chainsmoking in front of her TV.

It’s this hot mess of a matriarch that takes center stage in an exclusive clip from the film. While Patti keeps busy as the bartender for her saddest bar, Barb barges in to take her seat on the barstool throne for a confrontation that sets the stage for a film full of mother/daughter tension.

Watch the clip, below, before the film hits theaters on August 18. 

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