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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
Twenty minutes into the movie Precious encounters some rowdy boys hanging out on the street. They are listening to Queen Latifah's "Come Into My House", but that song was not released until 1989. The movie is set in 1987. See more »
Clareece 'Precious' Jones:
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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Heartbreaking and Riveting, Precious Will Win Your Heart
I saw Precious at the New York Film Festival yesterday. As you may
know, Precious is the only film to ever win the Audience Award at both
the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals. The film has
been highly hyped since January and I was afraid I would be
underwhelmed. Well, I sure wasn't! Precious is a powerhouse piece of
cinema that will rip your heart to shreds. The acting is pitch perfect
from everybody and the film-making is unusual.
Precious is about Claireece 'Precious' Jones, an overweight girl who
has already had a child with Down's Syndrome from when she was raped by
her father. Her mother constantly abuses her and she's already pregnant
with her second baby. When she gets kicked out of school and is forced
to go to an alternative school to help her get her GED, she realizes
that there may actually be hope for her.
The acting is easily the most important and best thing during Precious.
Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe will absolutely be famous and definitely
deserves the Best Actress Oscar. Her performance was so real and
searing that you're just forced to sympathize with her. Other cast
includes Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, and Mo'Nique who are all
unfamiliar to the genre, but still perform very well. Mo'Nique gives a
really great performance as the abusive mother Mary and should
definitely win an Oscar as well. Mariah Carey's performance is a bit
dry, but her character is not very major. Paula Patton, the actress who
plays Blu Rain, Precious' teacher, gives a believable and loving
performance as well. Also, the girls in Precious' class are all great.
I actually was sitting behind them at the screening and got the them to
sign my Playbill. They were all very excited.
The crowd seemed to love the movie. At Toronto, people laughed at
serious parts, but the New York audience ate it up. People clapped for
Precious, cried at the right parts, and even gasped at the screen over
some of the violence. The violence is often so abrupt that it feels as
if you too could have just been hit over the head with a pan. Everybody
was so engaged in watching it even Gabourey Sidibe herself who had
already seen it three times. Even she had trouble watching some parts.
At the end of the movie, everyone in the audience stood up and gave Lee
Daniels and his cast about a ten minute standing ovation. Everybody
loved the film. Precious is definitely one of the best movies of the
year and will definitely at least be nominated for Best Picture if not
win it. It may be a bit bleak, but Precious gives me and everybody else
hope. Lee Daniels wrote a quotation at the end of the movie that said
"For precious girls everywhere". This is what really put the icing on
the cake. Precious is a magnificent and disturbing movie.
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