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Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire [Blu-ray]
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been teaching adult students for a little over ten years now, and I have had many women whose backgrounds were similar to Precious' background, so the subject matter wasn't new to me. I expected to be moved, but I didn't expect to have to struggle to stop crying after the movie was over.
The movie is about a teenager named Precious (a truly ironic name, as she is told and shown repeatedly that she is NOT precious to anyone in her immediate circle) and the horrific circumstances of her life at the age of 16. She is pregnant with her second child, the product of incest (her "father" rapes her, a fact which her mother chooses instead to see as Precious threatening her by taking away her man and giving him more babies than he ever allowed the mom to have), and she is barely holding together some semblance of a normal life by keeping her true circumstances from everyone around her.
When her school principal becomes aware of her pregnancy, she decides to send Precious to an alternative school, and for the first time, the teenager has an opportunity to see her own potential and to have that potential respected by others. It's a truly life-altering opportunity, and Precious takes it.
What's really amazing in this film is the excellence of the acting. You've likely heard time and time again how Mariah Carey doesn't wear makeup and looks haggard and old, and you've probably heard about Monique's superb turn as Precious' mother. What can't be conveyed without you actually watching the movie is what all that means.Read more ›
Set in Harlem in 1987, the story centers on sixteen-year-old Claireece "Precious" Jones, a morbidly obese girl so void of self-worth that she refers to herself without irony as "ugly black grease to be washed from the street". Nearly illiterate, she finds herself pregnant for the second time by her father, and the school principal arranges to enroll Precious at an "alternative" institution. She recognizes this as an opportunity to better herself, but her mother Mary discourages it and forces Precious to apply for welfare.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I live the movie it is sad that she had to go through that but I do think the language is terrible but I guess that is the way things are done in the hood or so. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Melissa
This movie is so good. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be angry. I love this movie.Published 10 days ago by Audra
My son and I watched it together for the first time last month. By the end of the movie we were both silent. It was such a downer. Read morePublished 12 days ago by PATOLA
The movie is sad. It has a lot of details and most of the subjects in it arnt appropriate for teenagers in my opinion. Read morePublished 27 days ago by LilZsPlusMe