I had heard so much about this movie and saw the trailer, that I was like a kid on Christmas waiting to see this. This movie, IMHO, has at least a couple Oscar worthy performances by both Mo’Nique (Mary)and and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious). This movie has placed African American actresses in roles that I doubt they ever would of had the opportunity to occupy, if it weren't for Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
Lee Daniels's "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" is a vibrant, honest and hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. The movie is 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.
I will not give full details of the movie, but suffice it to say, if you are in the mood for a poignant, moving and soul searching movie, this is the one to see. Of course, I went in with Kleenex in hand because I knew there would be tears. Take a great friend and plan on a great discussion afterwords.
This movie is rated "R" and runs 110 minutes.