Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this 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 (Paula Patton) and a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitiz), the young girl receives something that most teens never get -- a chance to start over. Mo'nique co-stars in an inspirational drama featuring the debut performance of screen newcomer Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This movie was very upsetting but so real. I believed the storyline and the plot. It doesn't have that "happy ever after" ending, which I appreciated too because it made more genuine. It left me with the impression of paying attention to the kids in my area, because you never know what people do to kids. It has a lot of bad language and some scenes are just disturbing, but I feel the movie was made in a way that would wake people up. Totally worth renting.
There was such emotion in this movie. It gave a true depiction on the welfare state and why there is such a vicious cycle of generations of welfare recipients. I saw this first hand having grown up with a single working mom struggling to get off welfare and watching those that had no desire to work and get a job to better themselves. Precious shows her personal struggle.
Excellent movie with fine acting. Can only NOT be enjoyable to persons lacking empathy for others. We are our brothers and sisters keepers whether or not they be fat or thin, gay or straight, any color of thier skin or religious beliefs. This movie got into my soul and even if it is fiction this story happens every day to many people because they are different than we would like them to be. It has a satysfying ending.
I am thankful that I didn't pay $10+ to see this movie as I would have walked out. I am sure that the characterizations were accurate but I could not listen to the language and observe the abuse that Precious had to endure.
I wanted to love this movie, but not only did it NOT live up to the hype......it was below average. the acting was fine, but the screenplay/directing were on a third grade level. The flashback scenes were so incredibly simplistic adn amateurish, I was embarrassed for the production. If you would consider the movie Blind Side (which I saw wanting to dislike it!) could be compared in content to Precious (poor kid with 'issues' and how they eventually rise up above their surroundings)- then it would be scored, blind Side +10, Precious -10.
Thanks Oprah, for spreading more interest on garbage, than I can recall. Except for my netti pot, nothing you've recommended has lived up to the hype!