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Precious [DVD] [2009]

Gabourey Sidibe , Mo'nique , Lee Daniels    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
  • Directors: Lee Daniels
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,211 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A gritty, life-affirming tale of an abused African-American teenager's struggle to change her life in 1980s Harlem. 16-year-old Clareece 'Precious' Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) has been abused from an early age by her now absent father, and is pregnant with his second child. With a venomous mother Mary (Mo'Nique) who treats her like a servant and her school life blighted by her illiteracy, Precious struggles to cope with her seemingly hopeless life. But the offer of a place in an alternative school and the nurturing of literacy teacher Ms. Rain (Paula Patton) soon begin to transform the teenager, offering her a path to a brighter future. Mo'Nique won the Best Supporting Actress awards at both the 2010 BAFTAs and the Academy Awards for her portrayal of Mary.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational !! 22 Aug 2012
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Fantastic DVD which made me feel so protective over the main character and also so proud. Despite a horrific young life with everything stacked against her, Precious triumphs over adversity. Moving and utterly watchable!!!!! Do not be surprised if you shed a few tears!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot better then it sounds. 25 Aug 2010
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
At first glance, Precious looks like one of those dodgy tv movies that you get on channel 5 or hallmark in the afternoons, but Precious is miles better than that. This is quite simply a stunning film, one of the most well acted films that you'll see this year. It's very bleak, and you'll have every sympathy with the lead character played by the fantastic Gabourey Sidibe, a complete newcomer with apparently no acting experience, in fact, you could say that her tale is as worthy of being turned into a film as Precious herself. Mo'nique thoroughly deserves the best supporting actress oscar, playing a truly vile character and Mariah Carey is a complete revelation as a social worker. This is an excellent film that took me completely by surprise.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cold, brutal reality of life. 30 May 2010
By Bobby Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
I liked this film, for its honesty, its reflection of a lifestyle that is (thankfully) beyond comprehension for the majority of its watchers. The film, although less brutal than the book, is a glimpse into a world of low self-esteem, where the central character struggles to find her identity - beyond that of her welfare cheque grabbing mother. So yes, there are many flashback scenes - to a world where Precious hopes to live, complete with light skinned boyfriend and flash dresses - but they are integral to the self-denial that people suffering low self-esteem have as a defence mechanism. In that sense Precious is a very real film, a film that does the social duty of showing the majority population the problems of people who are outside the 'norm' - by being fat, black or poor. A final sentence on the performance of Mariah Carey - expertly cast as a social worker type - fantastic and one can only hope she gives up her day job as a singer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good lesson about REAL life 31 May 2011
By Etonee
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I heard alot of good reveiws about this movie but I wanted to get a visula for myself. This movie is not easy on the eye but that is what makes it so great because it depicts REAL life. Monique is just fantastic she becomes her role. Everyone else plays there part but monique stands out the most for me. Thoroughly enjoyed. Glad that I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 14 Feb 2011
Absolutely brilliant movie. I bought this after hearing all the hype about it. Its a little gem of a movie. Get out your tissues very sad film. Mariah carey was outstanding in this. blu ray is exceleent quality 5 star picture and sound much better on blu ray and very cheap buy buy buy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Precious 4 July 2010
`Precious' is the story of a 16 year old girl who is pregnant for the second time (by her father) and who, despite getting good grades at school up to now, gets sent to remedial classes as she is unable to read and write. She is physically and psychology abused by her mother, she is beaten, treated like a slave and told she is dumb and stupid on a daily basis. Her only escape is to delve into various fantasies inside her head, about becoming a famous movie star or singer, or having loving parents for example and these fantasy sections contrast markedly with her harsh reality. She soon makes friends and finds inspiration in her teacher in her new class and feels a certain sense of belonging amongst the other misfits, whilst her life still remains hard. All in all this is a pretty bleak film, but it also has a certain element of hope running through due to Precious' tenacious attitude and inner strength. There are good performances from the entire cast (which even includes a small part for Lenny Kravitz) and the direction is excellent as well. This has been highly lauded and for good reason, it isn't necessarily an upbeat film, but it is portrayed so well the whole way through and makes you empathise with the main character. It is definitely worth checking out at some point, but be aware of it's gritty and (at times) bleak feel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So very sad 25 Mar 2011
By Beadot
I read the book before seeing the film and the book was horrorendous! Not that it was not well written, it was a masterpiece in the retelling of a hellish, hellish life. The story is terrible for me in that, until then, my mind had never encountered these foulest indignitous this girl had to suffer and I felt that one could only write this story if it had actually happended. How else could a mind conjour up these events without experiencing them? And why would anyone want to? The film, whilst shocking, is not as graphic as the book, though it still manages to capture the horror of this girl's life. Why watch something like this? Well, you never know what a book or film is really going to be like until you read or see it. And for me, learning more about the world, whether good or bad, makes me question our role as 'animals' in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! 8 Feb 2011
absolutely loved this film it is such an upsetting and cruel story about an abused teenage who has two children to her father which her cruel mother blames and resents her for. its such a great cast well worth the watch get your tissues read x
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Film ok sound quality awful
Published 8 days ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
excellent film, well worth watching
Published 10 days ago by L. Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good film arrived on time
Published 13 days ago by Ms. S. Liburd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great meaty performances in a rather predictable plot
Great meaty performances in a rather predictable plot. Satisfying viewing.
Published 14 days ago by Val Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars get the tissues at the ready - excellent film
I had wanted to see this film when on cinema release but never did. It is brilliant, unbelievable in its cruelity but so good to see the conclusion
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Joan A. Mccauley
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to watch
Excellent film which you must watch it has a good story which is serious and funny throughout 5 star .
Published 1 month ago by michelle leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and moving
A very touching and moving movie. Very gritty and real ghetto life depicted in a heartwarming way. Both mother and daughter deliver oscar winning performances .
Published 2 months ago by Neil Caan
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious
Lots of people recommended this film to me and I'm glad that i have finally watched it. A very touching and emotional story.
Published 2 months ago by JRC
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
Superb acting, thought provoking material, a couple of scenes made me gasp, had me hooked from the start, wanted to shout at some parts
Published 8 months ago by Carmelina.Rochester
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious
A very moving and thought provoking film, I defy anyone to watch this film and not feel for this poor girl.
Published 9 months ago by f .deckker
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