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Precious (2009)

R | | 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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In 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)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,881,772 (USA) (22 November 2009)

Gross:

$47,395,661 (USA) (7 March 2010)
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In the book, Precious mentions being often influenced by Farrakhan, a Muslim African-American. Later on it's revealed by Precious that he also held many anti-homosexual opinions, which makes it unsurprising that director Lee Daniels chose to leave him and his views out of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is holding Mongo before the social worker comes in, Mongo is holding a sucker, however, when the social worker is asking Mary about how her job search is going, Mongo is holding a piece of red licorice which she throws on the floor. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Tosh.0: Fat Bottle Ninja (2013) See more »

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Come into My House
Written by Queen Latifah (as Dana Owens) and The 45 King (as Mark James)
Performed by Queen Latifah
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV 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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