Precious
United States of America (US), 2009, 110 minutes
Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.
Precious Synopsis

Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret..she can't read.

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Reviewed by Sasha1988
This is an adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new... more
This is an adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a sympathetic teacher and a kindly nurse, the young girl receives something that most teens never get, a chance to start over again. First-time actress Gabourey Sidibe gives a powerful, emotive performance. Equally good is talented actresses Mo'Nique, who is terrifying as Precious' mother, and Patton as the compassionate teacher. Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey also have minor roles. The pacing seems to slow down unnecessarily towards the end and Precious' educational progression seems a bit confused and not completely fleshed out, but this is minor stuff. This is a very inspired work of art by someone with a fresh vision.
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Reviewed by Lorlor87
If Precious doesn't have you crying your eyes out, you have no soul! Gabourey Sidibe was highly deserving of the deluge of praise she got for this film, you will... more
If Precious doesn't have you crying your eyes out, you have no soul! Gabourey Sidibe was highly deserving of the deluge of praise she got for this film, you will be uttely beguiled by her performance. Backed up by mother from hell Mo'Nique, supportive lesbian teacher Paula Patton and Mariah Carey's social services officer (casting coup or what!), this is a real powerhouse of a movie with strong women at the fore. Not many films like this get made.
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  • Really important film that thankfully got the praise it deserved. Mo'Nique in particular hits it out of the park. Mariah Carey gives a strong performance too in a surprise cameo.

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  • Really important film that thankfully got the praise it deserved. Mo'Nique in particular hits it out of the park. Mariah Carey gives a strong performance too in a surprise cameo.
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