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Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey View All


Lee Daniels (Director), Geoffrey Fletcher (Screenplay) View All

Release: Nov. 6th, 2009
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-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, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret--she can't read.
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mark f
The film is about a 16-year-old child whose only concept of self-worth is what she can do for her abusive mother who is actually the better half of her parents since her father is an incestuous serial-rapist who impregnates her with two children.
Precious wants a better life too, evidenced in some sweet fantasy sequences, and she deserves it, but the character I saw in this movie wanted that better life handed to her and didn't really want to do any of the work involved in getting a better life.
The one character it follows is Precious, an overweight illiterate teenage girl who is pregnant with her second child from her biological father.