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Precious: Based on the novel PUSH by Sapphire

February 1, 2010

Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Based on the novel by: Sapphire 
Producer: Lee Daniels/Oprah Winfrey/Tom Heller/Tyler Perry 
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe/Mo’Nique/Paula Patton/Mariah Carey/Lenny Kravitz 
Year: 2009
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 110 minutes

Precious: Based on the novel PUSH by Sapphire may be one of the hardest movies ever to watch but it is one of the most realistic, gritty, down-to-earth dramas I have ever encountered. Set in 1987 in Harlem lives a girl whose name is Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones who is a sixteen-year-old born and living a life which could only be imaginable in your worst nightmares. She’s pregnant for the second time by her father who has vanished off the face of the earth and her mother, who is an evil woman, abuses her mentally and physically and makes Precious wait on her hand and foot. She is offered a place in an ‘alternative’ school called Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know what this means but she feels that it’s the moment she’s been waiting for. In the classroom taught by Ms. Blu Rain and students who quickly befriends Precious, she starts to travel down the road from hopelessness and pain to love, friendship and self-confidence.

This is such a phenomenal movie. Some people may not be able to watch some scenes because it is a little disturbing. The story is just so real and powerful and sends a message of hope and light at the end of the tunnel and to never give in. The plot was superb and the acting had absolutely no faults, Mo’Nique who played the evil mother and Gabourney Sidibe as Precious should both receive so many awards for their performances as they were so convincing and touching as their characters. You really cared for Precious and you gave your heart out to her after witnessing her pain, troubles and woes through her life. The cast and crew really should give themselves a pat on the back for this sensational movie.

I loved every second of this movie and really enjoyed watching it as I got engrossed in the movie and hoped that Precious would get the life she deserved. I think everyone should watch this. This movie needs to have so many awards as it’s truly deserved. If anybody loves gritty dramas, this is the one you need to watch! There are scenes that would make you cry but Precious: Based on the novel PUSH by Sapphire is one of those movies that is…well…precious.



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