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Precious: Based on the Novel

2009 drama film directed by Lee Daniels about the struggles of an abused obese teenaged African-American girl.

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SOME OF THE BEST ACTING EVER

  • Apr 15, 2010
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PRECIOUS

I have always been a fan of Tyler Perry and any thing he puts his hands on, so of course I had to see this. I knew that this would be great when Perry was announced as a producer, he was the main reason I wanted to see this. Then I found out that Mo'Nique was starring in it, which made me really interested since she is a comedian. Needless to say I was not disappointed by this film at all, this is a very powerful film. I also must say that the hype this film received was well worth it, at least in my eyes.

The film follows the life of young Precious who is a mother trying to better her self in school and such. But her home life is not that grand with an abusive mother and her mother's boyfriend who rapes her. So we live her life with her feeling her pain being there for the downs but also for the highs. She finally meets some people who truly want to help her and her journey is an increasingly interesting if hard to watch one. From her mother to teachers there are people affecting her life for better or worse. This great film is based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire.

I must say that Gabourey Sidibe did a marvelous job as Precious and gave a truly award winning performance. She gives a truly hauntingly wonderful performance and you can see every emotion she pushes forth. I hope she has a wonderful career and continues to get roles like this, she will no doubt win an Oscar one day. Also the now Academy award winning actress Mo'Nique portrays one of the coldest and most interesting characters ever on film. She defiantly deserved the Oscar because this was so far off from her usual career. I am absolutely impressed by her and I hope she does more serious roles because she may win an Oscar for leading lady one day.

Also in the film I was actually impressed by Mariah Carey, I was not a big fan of her movie "Glitter" I think it was called. She did a really good job in this film as did singer Lenny Kravitz, I was impressed. Paula Patton as well did an excellent job in this film and really added another level to the film. It should also be said that all of the students in the film were really well cast as well. Geoffrey Fletcher did a great job turning this into a screenplay and director Lee Daniels did a marvelous job.

This is a very hard film to watch at times with a lot of bad things happening to this girl, but it is a great film. It has been a long time since a film like this has come out, glad to see things like this come out. Tyler Perry was great to get behind this thing and I am glad that I went to see it. This is a great DVD with some good extras including a great commentary.

There was a lot of hype surronding this film especially going into award season, from the acting to the film itself.  Me personally I think it lived up to it and was well worth it, great job especially from the actors.
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April 25, 2010
Awesome review! I loved this film & even bought a copy too. Good job man.
April 25, 2010
that Brian? Holee...
April 28, 2010
Thanks man, yeah I have had this since it came out.
April 29, 2010
Thanks alot man, this is a good one indeed. Also love that name man, cenobite.
 
April 15, 2010
Great write up Alex. I too missed this when it was in the theaters although I had intended to see it. It's on my NetFlix list though waiting for a time when I feel up to the subject matter. Nice to have you among us.
April 15, 2010
Thanks it is nice to be here, I wish I would have seen this in a theater.
April 15, 2010
Thinds open and close so fast up in Illinois. It's not like Florida at all--you've really got to keep on your toes here or the movies are gone before you even know they've opened!
April 15, 2010
Yeah that happens here as in Texas, still at least there is the one here in Austin that will be playing EVIL DEAD for a week, LOVE IT.
April 15, 2010
Yea. You told me that already. Rub it in. I don't have any feelings. it's not like I'm a real person or anything. =)
April 15, 2010
Sorry about that but I am way to excited and you are really the only one that would match me it that. There actually may be a showing some where near you, they are doing it all over the country for a limited time. Go to Bruce's site and you can find out where they are playing around you. I was going to tell you that earlier but I forgot, sorry.
April 15, 2010
Maybe there's an outside chance of it playing at the Hollywood Palms. They do things like that from time to time I'm told. They had Lon Chaney Jr's son hosting a showing of THE WOLFMAN last Halloween and they just had showings of WEST SIDE STORY hosted by 3 members of the original cast.
April 15, 2010
Man I wish I would have been there for The Wolf Man, sounds great. Like I said check out his site there is a good chance it may be near you.
April 15, 2010
I wish I could have too. I only found out about it the next day--and the place is only about 15 minutes away. They aren't going to catch me sleeping this year though. I'm going to keep checking to see if they have anything planned for Halloween. I just checked Bruce's site and ED IS playing, but it's in Chicago at the Music Box. I haven't been into Chicago since I moved up here, It's a midnight show April 30-May1. Unless I can talk someone into taking me I'm not going to make it.
April 15, 2010
I assure that if I lived any where near you I would take any time, I would want to see it 2. I hope you can find some one to take you, I can't imagine anything better, unless they were playing all three.
April 15, 2010
Maybe I can coerce my daughter into going but I'm not holding out much hope because I doubt that either of us will want to take the train at that time of night and then have to lay out big bucks for a cab too. Now if they were playing all THREE I could probably talk her into it!
April 25, 2010
Queen, it's a greeat film. You really should see it.
April 29, 2010
It's on the list. Gott be in the right mood. Where have you been?
April 29, 2010
Handling some biz
 
April 15, 2010
excellent review! I have this flick in my 'to watch' list I think it's going to get a bump up to the top 10. Thanks for the review, Alex!
April 15, 2010
Thanks man, and you should really check this out man.
 
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review by . July 18, 2010
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When I first began hearing about a film based on a book by someone named Sapphire, I felt the same twitch of skepticism that I always feel when learning about a one-named person. To make matters worse, I've got a lot of admiration for Oprah, but it's seemed to me for a long time that if she recommends a movie or a book, it will probably be the kind that makes me cry. I don't mind a good cry every now and then, but when I anticipate crying before a movie even starts, whether my anticipation …
review by . August 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I had high hopes for Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire after seeing the hype and awards it received. Indeed, I did think the acting was great, and appreciate the innovative use of camera technique. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the overall product.      Part of the problem is that the film simply piles a lot of depressing twists and turns without any variation or break. I don't want to sound hard-hearted here - I understand that some people …
review by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I now understand what the hype is about.  This is a very thought provoking and brutally honest movie about a girl who was consistently raped by her father and both verbally and physically abused by her mother.  The only thing that keeps her sane throughout these horrors is to imagine herself as a Cinderella at the Ball kind of character.      Precious is failing school but one teacher recognizes in her, an aptitude for math.  The guidence counseler recommends …
Quick Tip by . January 02, 2011
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There was a lot of hype surronding this film especially going into award season, from the acting to the film itself.  Me personally I think it lived up to it and was well worth it, great job especially from the actors.
review by . July 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
What Pompted You to write a Review?   I enjoyed this movie, very touching     How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?   awesome, I was very impressed with the acting     Were You ENTERTAINED?   yes, but sometimes I couldn't look      Did It Fulfill Expectations? Hype Level?      yes Did a Movie Trailer Establish a HYPE?      somewhat, I did see a lot of commercials, but it …
review by . March 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Precious is a very difficult film to watch, the subject matter is really hard to swallow - a father that rapes his daughter many times, an abusive mother, and how that girl, Precious, lives with the damage done. This is a compelling movie, one that plays over and over for many women, more than should ever have to feel what Precious felt.    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 …
review by . August 26, 2010
I had high hopes for Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire after seeing the hype and awards it received. Indeed, I did think the acting was great, and appreciate the innovative use of camera technique. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the overall product.    Part of the problem is that the film simply piles a lot of depressing twists and turns without any variation or break. I don't want to sound hard-hearted here - I understand that some people unfortunately …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A very sad yet inspiring film that shows us even through the darkest of times we can dream and change our lives. Mo'Nique is amazing in this film.
review by . March 12, 2010
I meant to write a review of "Precious" even before I watched it. Lots of times, writing the review is more satisfying than watching the film. This is harder. I felt my heart constrict in the first scene of Precious. My eyes and temple began to throb. I could scarcely catch my breath the rest of the way through the film. "Life" requires too much of us sometimes. Sometimes even a simulation of Life requires too much.    Improbable as it may seem, coming from a retired classical …
Quick Tip by . March 27, 2010
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Despite being cliche and predictable, this film packs an emotional punch that will knock you flat. Superbly acted!!!
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Precious is a 2009 American drama film directed by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, and Paula Patton. The film marked the acting debut of Sidibe.


Plot
Obese, illiterate teenager Clareece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family; she has been impregnated twice by her father and is in a destructive relationship with her mother (Mo'Nique). Precious is invited to an alternative school where she hopes that her life can change direction.

The film, then without a distributor, premiered to acclaim at both the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, under its original title of Push: Based On The Novel By Sapphire. At Sundance, it won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama, as well as a Special Jury Prize for supporting actress Mo'Nique. After Precious' screening at Sundance in February 2009, Tyler Perry announced that he and Oprah Winfrey would be providing promotional assistance to the film, which was released through Lions Gate Entertainment. Precious won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film's title was changed from Push to Precious:

Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, to avoid confusion with the 2009 action film Push. Precious was also an official selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival ...
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Director: Lee Daniels
Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 6, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Geoffrey Fletcher
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
Runtime: 109 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate, Lee Daniels Entertainment
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