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Precious (II) (2009)

 -  Drama  -  20 November 2009 (USA)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, 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.

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It's Harlem 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, 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... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Precious: Base on Nol by Saf (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£260,921 (UK) (29 January 2010)

Gross:

$47,536,959 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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In one of her meetings with her social worker, played by Mariah Carey, Precious asks "What color are you anyway, you some type of Black or Spanish?" Carey, who is of mixed ancestry (Irish, Black, Venezuelan), is often the subject of "what is she" speculation and discussion. See more »

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When they are panning the students in the beginning of the film, there is one girl who looks directly at the camera as it goes by. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clareece 'Precious' Jones: [voiceover] My name is Clareece "Precious" Jones. I wish I had a light-skinned boyfriend with real nice hair. And I wanna be on the cover of a magazine. But first I wanna be in one of them BET videos. Momma said I can't dance. Plus, she said who wants to see my big ass dancing, anyhow?
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Just a Closer Walk with Thee
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Performed and Arranged by Mahalia Jackson
Courtesy of Columbia Records and The Columbia/Epic Label Group
A Unit Of SONY Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Not Paris Hilton's Dog At All
6 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a truly moving, patiently directed American movie the likes of which we rarely get treated to anymore. The word 'Precious' certainly does take on it's original meaning after seeing this story unfold.

Just when I think 'the movies' have lost their last bit of integrity, a movie like this comes along as though to say 'don't worry, it's still an art form'.

As for Mo'Nique... well... I wonder what she'll say in her acceptance speeches? Brava, brava, brava.

And Mariah's performance is outstanding and deeply surprising as well.

I can't recommend this film highly enough.


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