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.
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
Claireece Precious Jones was born November 4, 1970 See more »
Rhonda writes a "Do Now" on the board when she takes over the lesson for Ms. Rain. This was NOT part of the Balanced Literacy, an educational movement for English Language Arts classes in 1987 (the year the movie is set). A "Do Now" HAS been utilized in the modified version of the Balanced Literacy model, called the Workshop Model. The Workshop Model is now the instructional model taught to teachers and encouraged in many New York City public schools. 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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Somethin's Comin' My Way
Written by Dan Manjovi
Performed by Grace Hightower
Courtesy of Dan Manjovi Music LLC See more »
A great movie about social heritage and pattern breaker
Unlike some of the user reviews I will not be talking much about the actresses and actors, even though they performed their roles really good.
I would instead be talking about how the movie showed us that you can break from the social heritage.
It's set in Harlem, Manhattan, a place that is known for poverty, crime gangs and slum alike neighbourhoods.
Thit is some harsh conditions for a girl that heavily under influence of bad environment.
But she wants to give her children (that she got because of her fathers raping of her) a better life that her. Unlike Claireece Jones mother, she decides, with the help of Ms. Rain, that she wants to get an education.
This is a chance she has been waiting for and she grabs it. She has her goal and she is following it all the way.
She manages to finish junior high, a small step for her on her path to break from the social heritage
But for some this would have been a dream. Many can't break the social heritage like Claireece Jones. Many will let the social heritage run their lifes. It's not just the poor that has social heritage, we all have. The rich will heritage their wealth from their parents and maybe the same job or a job that is much like their parents.
But overall a great movie about the social problem that has come with 'The american Dream'
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