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In New York City's Harlem circa , an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can he Read all In New York City's Harlem circa , an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
In New York City's Harlem circa , an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. Clareece 'Precious' Jones : The other day, I cried. But you know what? Fuck that day. That's why God, or whoever, makes other days.
In. Play trailer Director Lee Daniels. Geoffrey Fletcher screenplay Sapphire novel "Push". Top credits Director Lee Daniels. Trailer Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire -- Trailer 1. Clip A Salute to Black Directors. Interview Gabourey Sidibe Interview for Precious. Lee Daniels Interview for Precious. Video Photos Top cast Edit.
Gabourey Sidibe Precious as Precious. Mo'Nique Mary as Mary. Paula Patton Ms. Rain as Ms. Mariah Carey Ms. Weiss as Ms. Sherri Shepherd Cornrows as Cornrows. Stephanie Andujar Rita as Rita. Chyna Layne Rhonda as Rhonda. Amina Robinson Jermaine as Jermaine. Xosha Roquemore Joann as Joann. Angelic Zambrana Consuelo as Consuelo. Aunt Dot Toosie as Toosie. Nealla Gordon Mrs. Lichtenstein as Mrs.
Grace Hightower Socialworker as Socialworker. Kimberly Russell Katherine as Katherine. Bill Sage Mr. Wicher as Mr. Lee Daniels. More like this. Storyline Edit. In Harlem, Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is illiterate and overweight. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was , but who she doesn't see otherwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother.
Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud as she doesn't ever look for a job and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household.
To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school. In dealing with the school's sympathetic teacher Miss Blu Rain, Precious begins to believe that she can have a future by learning how to read and write.
Despite some devastating news from her mother following the birth of her child, Precious also begins to believe she can escape the grips of her abusive mother, who, up to this point, was Precious' only real support. Rated R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language.
Did you know Edit. Trivia Mo'Nique accepted her role to raise awareness of sexual abuse. A confessed victim of incest herself, the actress had great reservations about playing the part, but ultimately found the experience therapeutic. Goofs There are several anachronisms related to the use of computers, given the film's setting in the computer screen on the desk of the secretary at Precious' original school is shown displaying graphical capabilities several years ahead of the film's established time period; the computer on Ms.
Weiss' desk has a model of CD-ROM installed, which wouldn't be available for another six or seven years; the overall ubiquity of computers on the desks of virtually every educator and social worker as shown in the film would not have been the case in Soundtracks Humpin' Around Written by L. Reid as Antonio L.
User reviews Review. Top review. Powerfully emotive story filled with hope and optimism. Director Lee Daniels Shadowboxer has created a very powerful film that manages to entertain while evoking a broad spectrum of emotions, from anger and heartbreaking pity to optimism, joy and hope. Clareece "Precious" Jones Gabby Sidibe is a fat year-old illiterate black girl that lives in Harlem with her welfare-dependent, abusive mother Mo'Nique. She has one autistic daughter who lives with her grandmother and is pregnant with another child, both from her mother's boyfriend, who is also Clareece's father.
Her mother repeatedly tells her how stupid and worthless she is while other kids taunt her for her obesity. She has become hardened and heartless, lacking education and social skills. She spends her time cooking for her mother and fantasizing unrealistically about a glamorous life. She would be easy to dismiss. Based on a novel by Sapphire, this is some pretty bleak stuff. But good things can happen in this world and Precious is blessed with an indomitable spirit that refuses to accept the negative reinforcement that bombards her.
Through her efforts, and despite resistance from her mother, she finds an alternative school. It is staffed by Miss Rains, a caring teacher Paula Patton and classmates who, although anything but perfect, possess enough compassion to become supportive friends.
It turn out that the world can be a pretty good place. First-time actress Gabby Sidibe gives a powerful, emotive performance. Equally good is talented actresses Mo'Nique, who is almost frightening as Precious' mother, and Patton as the compassionate teacher. Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey also have minor roles, giving the film a little star power. Daniels conveys a Harlem existence that is profane, hard-edged and brutal, but with rays of humanity and compassion that leave room for hope.
It is at once both a message to the poor in spirit not to despair, and to the rest of us make the time and effort to reach out where we can. Push is an inspiring message that will fill you with optimism and joy. Sundance Moment: When asked about her getting the role, Sidibe said that she had some acting experience--like a non-speaking role in a college production. Pretty funny! She said her friends encouraged her to audition because she "fit the profile. Daniels" for direction. Daniels said there were parts of making the movie that were hard on him emotionally--like directing Precious to eat, or instructing her peers to bully her.
FAQ 5. What is "Precious" about? Is 'Precious' based on a book? How does the movie end? Details Edit. Release date November 20, United States. United States. English Italian. Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. Box office Edit. Technical specs Edit. Runtime 1h 50min. Related news. Sep 21 E! Contribute to this Suggest an edit or add missing content. Top Gap. What is the Japanese language plot outline for Precious ? Edit . Watch the video. Hollywood Romances: Our Favorite Couples. See the entire gallery.
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