Precious 2009

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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, 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.

Starring:
Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 49 minutes
Starring Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Sherri Shepherd, Paula Patton, Nealla Gordon, Mo'nique, Mariah Carey
Director Lee Daniels
Genres Drama
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 May 2010
Main languages English
Original title Precious - Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 49 minutes
Starring Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Sherri Shepherd, Paula Patton, Nealla Gordon, Mo'nique, Mariah Carey
Director Lee Daniels
Genres Drama
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 May 2010
Main languages English
Original title Precious - Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth on 22 Aug 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a powerfull drama that tells of a sixteen year old girl who is expecting her second child , both as a result of being raped by her father.
She lives with her mother and suffers constant abuse both verbal and physical.
'Claireece (Precious) Jones' imagines a very different world for herself to blot out the bad things in her life.
She aspires for things to change for her and her child, things start to work out for the better after being expelled from her school, a teacher points her to a more specialised teaching unit which together with a new social worker helping 'Precious' discover a different direction in life.
Perhaps things can start to change for 'Precious' for her, and now two children.
This is an intense film in which 'Gabourney Sidibie' shines in her first film role( as 'Precious' )
With supporting roles from 'Mariah Carey' and 'Lenny Kravitz' the film will allmost certainly hold your attenion.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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 By Bobby Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2010
Format: DVD
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 By Etonee on 31 May 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dealwithit on 14 Feb 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beadot on 25 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cher McC on 8 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
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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