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Precious, a young pregnant teenager who can neither read nor write is given a second chance. She is offered a chance to attend an alternative school. With the help of Ms. Rain, a patient but firm teacher, Precious begins a journey to self-determination.
Drama - Although Tyler Perry's name is attached, he had nothing to do
creatively with this film, and as such a number of viewers drawn in
by his name may be unprepared for how dark and raw this drama is.
Fans of Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz will be surprised
by their change-of-pace roles. The film is much too dark and harsh
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, 25 S-words, 7 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Rape with movements and noises. VIOLENCE: Fights and hits with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and alcohol. ACTION: A fight. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Precious is a reminder that sometimes all it takes to make a great film is the courageous performance of an actor as a character whose story is compelling enough to consume two hours of screen time.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent ...That is the starting point for "Precious," a great American film that somehow finds an authentic way to move from these beginnings to an inspiring ending.
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Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo'Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.
Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn't know the meaning of "alternative," but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.