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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Director(s): Lee Daniels

Theatrical Release: 2009

Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Mo'nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd

Genre(s): Drama, teen movie, psychological, culture, education, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Hollywood > Drama

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 109m.

Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a sympathetic teacher (Paula Patton) and a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitiz), the young girl receives something that most teens never get -- a chance to start over. Mo'nique co-stars in an inspirational drama featuring the debut performance of screen newcomer Gabourey /"Gabbie/" Sidibe. (


DVD Special Features:

! Audio Commentary with director Lee Daniels

! "From Push to Precious" featurette

! "A Precious Ensemble" featurette

! "Oprah and Tyler: Project of Passion" featurette

! A Conversation with author Sapphire and director Lee Daniels

! Deleted Scene: "The Incest Survivor Meeting"

! Audition: Gabourey Sidibe

! Reflections on Precious

Member Reviews

dramatic coup by antman - March 10, 2010
i'll be damned. i didn't even want to watch this movie originally but felt compelled to because it's received so much praise, and well, probably because i felt it was an obligation of sorts. seriously, i watched it almost as a professional responsibility. and even doubted my decision to do so a few minutes in. but by the 10-minute mark, i was completely drawn into the story, compelled to learn more about these characters and their world. it was absolutely phenomenal. granted, i probably don't want to watch it again but for no other reason than the shear sadness & bleakness. other than that though, damn. gabourey sidibe (precious), mo'nique (mary, precious' mother) and the entire supporting cast (including even mariah carey & lenny kravitz!) were believable & moving...especially gabourey & mo'nique - absolutely heartwrenching performances! the script was original, the directing was fresh and the story & performances were visceral yet socially & culturally relevant without being preachy or didactic. in a word, precious.