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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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Cast

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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Taglines:

The Longest Journey Begins With A Single Step. 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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Details

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:

$63,647,833
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While it does not appear anywhere on the official soundtrack, the song "Destiny", by Mary J Blige is used in trailers for the film. It was released originally on Blige's "No More Drama" album, but was then dropped from the re-issue. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Precious is shown in her original high school, the teacher has written the word "REQUIRMENTS" in large print on the blackboard. The word is misspelled. 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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No. 7 Librera Me
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Leonard Bernstein
Courtesy of Sony Masterwork
A Unit of SONY Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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