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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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Powerful, Gabby should have won the Oscar

  • Mar 11, 2010
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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 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.

Lee Daniels, the director, did a great job of bringing this story to light. Thank you to him for not making this film more real or accurate to the book. In his words, the film would have been X rated and probably lost a significant audience. I'm grateful that Oprah arrived to this film after it was shot, edited, and shown. I can only imagine what she would have done to Color Purple it, if she had been involved in the beginning. This story is so compelling that will not comment on technical flaws that would only miss the point.

The film is rated R and is for mature audiences. The story is about a roughly sixteen year old girl, but it is very hard to recommend this film to younger viewers. There are graphic psychological scenes, mental and physical abuse, and a father raping his daughter. However, there is no nudity in the film. There is strong language throughout. The difficult aspect of this film, the exact audience that should see this film, thirteen or fourteen year old girls, will probably never see the film.

I loved this film. It is powerful and moving. There is nothing fun about watching this film. And the pain is that this kind of thing happens every day. Prepare your handkerchief.

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review by . April 15, 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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 . 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
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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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