Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Drama Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

By now, everyone knows about this story or has at least heard something about it.  Precious is a film that centers around the main character of the same name played by newcomer, Gabourey Sidibe.

Precious is an unwed teenage mother of two, who lives at home with her physically and emotionally abusive mother.  The mother, played by Oscar winner Mo’Nique, has no love or respect for her daughter and is always right there to let her know that. 

What Precious lacks in intelligence, she more than makes up for with her determinism.  After being expelled from her school, she is sent to an alternative program where she meets a teacher who believes in her and truly wants to help her be the best she can be and won’t settle for anything less.

Precious’ teacher, played by Paula Patton, gives hope to those without any.  Every child in the world who struggles or hasn’t been handed the best deal in life prays to find someone like Ms. Rain to help guide them.  Patton played this role so well.  She was vulnerable, but strong and you rooted for her whenever she did something to help Precious.

The additional supporting cast was surprisingly good.  After Mariah Carey’s first attempt at acting in Glitter went up in smoke, there was concern that she may not be able to handle this role.  She proved everyone wrong and was wonderful.  A toned down Carey is something that anyone could appreciate.  Lenny Kravitz was pretty good too, he fit the role of a good man who could be Precious’ friend when she didn’t have too many of those in her life.

This movie was heartbreaking and difficult to watch.  Mo’Nique’s performance hurt my heart.  I know that there are so many people out there that have to live with that kind of family member and my heart goes out to them.  The hatred, fear and emptiness in Mo’Nique’s eyes while playing against Sidibe was a different caliber of performance.  My jaw was on the floor as I watched some of the things that took place.

Sidibe gave a once in a lifetime performance as well; phenomenal considering this was her first acting role in Hollywood.  She played Precious with such hurt, but managed to keep her strong somehow.  I’m not sure where Sidibe goes from here, but she definitely has the chops to do something great.

This movie is a must-see.  Love your family, because after watching this, you might just have a new found respect for them.

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