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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.

Director:

Lee Daniels

Writers:

Geoffrey Fletcher (screenplay), Sapphire (novel)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 112 wins & 103 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabourey Sidibe ... Precious
Mo'Nique ... Mary
Paula Patton ... Ms. Rain
Mariah Carey ... Ms. Weiss
Sherri Shepherd ... Cornrows
Lenny Kravitz ... Nurse John
Stephanie Andujar ... Rita
Chyna Layne ... Rhonda
Amina Robinson ... Jermaine
Xosha Roquemore ... Joann
Angelic Zambrana ... Consuelo
Aunt Dot Aunt Dot ... Toosie
Nealla Gordon ... Mrs. Lichtenstein
Grace Hightower ... Socialworker
Barret Helms Barret Helms ... Tom Cruise (as Barret Isaiah Mindell)
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Storyline

In Harlem, 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is illiterate and overweight. 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, Precious ... Written by Huggo

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You Feel You've Witnessed Nothing Less Than The Birth Of A Soul. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The first film to win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. 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 »

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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Referenced in Community: Contemporary Impressionists (2012) See more »

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Humpin' Around
Written by L.A. Reid (as Antonio L.A. Reid), Daryl Simmons, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Kenneth M. Edmonds), Thomas Reyes and Bobby Brown
Performed by Bobby Brown
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Good depiction of struggles in life
27 June 2010 | by choudari1506See all my reviews

I was attracted to this movie by the rave reviews and Oscar nominations it has got. A true touching story of a section of society in America which is realizing its potential.

The movie starts with Claireece "Precious" Jones the lead character, in the school where she has been suspended as she is pregnant with her second child at the age of 16. Precious lives in a world of her own though she is living in a dreadful condition. She forgets her misery by disguising it with her dreams of having a charming boyfriend and living a celebrity life. The movie depicts her struggle to deliver the second child, the realization of the purpose of life and living it on her own terms.

The summary of the movie is "Life is what we define it to be and not what we are made to live".


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Official Sites:

ARP Sélection [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,872,458, 8 November 2009

Gross USA:

$47,566,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,649,529
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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