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Movie Review: Precious

Alternate Title: You Shouldn't Go Home Again

Story: Put your prejudices away and run to see this powerful, emotional drama directed by Lee Daniels, written by Geoffrey Fletcher and based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire.

It is 1987, Harlem and Clareece Precious Jones is like no one you know. She is a 16 year old obese, illiterate girl who is pregnant with her second child after being raped again by her father. Why would you want to see such a seemingly depressing film? You need to see it because the script and acting are like nothing you have seen before - and, hard to believe, it is actually somewhat uplifting.

How Precious manages to escape her abusive mother, desperate situation and finds shreds of hope within herself is movie magic. Director Daniels finds just the right notes in style and substance and mixes reality with dream sequences to make this film all the more special.

I am a sucker for films about resilience, redemption and underdogs. Combine those qualities with incredible acting, an eclectic sound track and you have an award winner, for sure.


Acting: Unknown Gabourey Sidibe as Precious was simply wonderful. She will most definitely be walking the red carpet this award season. Mo’Nique as Mary should also see that red carpet since her performance was also amazing. Paula Patton as the lovely Ms. Rain, was terrific as was an almost unrecognizable Maria Carey as social worker, Ms. Weiss. Lenny Kravitz was fine in the small role of Nurse John.

Trivia: Mo’Nique launched own line of clothing Mo'Nique's Big Beautiful and Loving It in August 2000. It closed in 2002. Paula Patton was featured on the cover of husband Robin Thicke's first album, "A Beautiful World". Lenny Kravitz has a daughter, Zoë Kravitz, with Lisa Bonet. He is the son of Roxie Roker and Sy Kravitz. He was named after his uncle, Pfc. Leonard Kravitz, who was killed in action in Korea on 7 March 1951 while suppressing a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon; he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Lenny has joined the fight to get his uncle the Congressional Medal of Honor. Supporters believe the CMH has been denied to Pfc. Kravitz because he was Jewish.

Predilection: None

Critters: Cats and dogs (none were harmed)

Food: Lots of carbs, fried and greasy foods including chicken, pigs feet, corn and bread. The only healthy option was fruit eaten by a male nurse.

Sex Spectrum: Rape is not sex.

Blatant Product Placement: McDonald's was discussed.

Soundtrack: A terrific mix of tunes by Mario Grigorov.

Opening Titles: The title is scrawled on a black background. All credits at the end.

Theater Audience: Note to self: Never ever go to the movies on a school holiday. We went on Veterans Day and it was a very crowded downstairs theater. Luckily we were in the secret balcony but sadly others have discovered that area too. It was, as they say, an interactive audience and many laughed at inappropriate times. The film was rated R - yet there were young children, accompanied by adults in evidence in the theater. I wanted to call the ratings police. Bad parenting reigns.

Weather: Precious weathers the seasons.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 3. The home that Precious came from was extremely abusive and at times, very hard to watch.

Drift Factor: We did not drift.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Big Screen or Rental: This film should be seen on the big screen.

Length: Under two hours.