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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 ›
My initial reaction to the film was one of predictability, amazement at Mo'Nique's performance, and yes it was a sad movie with a silver lining. In a rare moment for my wife, we watched the DVD bonus features just after the film. My view of the film completely changed. These are remarkable features. The biggest surprise was the audition tape for Gabourey Sibide, Precious. I've seen a lot of audition reels; this is the best I've ever seen. The interview with Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey (her bit was the least interesting) about why they took on this film was illuminating. There is an incredible discussion with Sapphire, the author of the book Push. And then there is the classic 'behind the scenes' cast member talking heads that sets a whole new standard for what these should be. The interview with Gabby is incredible. There were a few more features, but these made me appreciate the film in a whole new light.
Initially, Mo'Nique's performance was the standout. After reflection, every single cast member was spectacular. At first I understood the Academy Award going to Mo'Nique, she's a better known actress, the competition for supporting actress was much lighter, and the Academy needed to acknowledge this film somehow (the shame of not awarding it something would be too great). And I thought Sandra Bullock deserved best actress. After seeing the performance by Gabourey, that award went to the wrong person.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! Have been wanting to see it for years. Did not disappoint although disturbing but factual topics were shown.Published 1 month ago by LJoy
It was an ok movie. I know it's been out a long time. I remembered all the hype it got when it first came out so thought I'd buy it at a good price. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mabyn