Set in Harlem at the end of the 1980s, an obese, illiterate teenage girl tries to escape the abuse of her mother by enrolling in an alternative school with the hope of starting a new life for herself and her unborn child.
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Every single one of the actresses hits it out of the park, and the cinematography is stunning.
I tend to rate films about pedophilia by the degree to which they humanize and root for the victims rather than focusing on the crime/perpetrator, and this film excels at just that. It dares to be uplifting and address solutions, in an age in which films have to be "dark and gritty" in order to be considered realistic.
Amazing performances all around (and from some unexpected sources) in the service of a grim tale buoyed with just a bit of hope. See it for the story. See it for the performances. See it to have your heart ripped open.
This film is not exploitative. Was Shakespeare exploitative? It's a tragedy, not a realist drama. Precious is a beautiful film that addresses important American problems that transcend race or situation. It's about our value as individuals in a vast world. This film poignantly stands up and says, you are Precious, and you deserve to be loved, no matter who you are or where you come from.
While it has some good acting performances but the whole movie basically come off as contrived. It compiled grim exaggerated disturbing stereotypical drama and throws them at you to exploit your emotions and manipulate you into sadness. I think the hype came from people who felt too guilty to point out how bad this movie truly is.
A socialist classic through-and-through. It is a societal responsibility to reach out to the marginalised and oppressed. Many pupils live in an abusive context. A social worker's prerogative is to give a young person a way out of harrowing situations. Poverty inevitability induces crime. A great teacher has a pastoral 'no pupil left behind' ethos. Easy to say, hard to apply. A profound no-holds barred account.
This is a terrible, annoying movie. Lots of social drama clichés, a bad script with boring and often aimless dialogues, permanent doubling of action and voice from the off (why do I have do be informed of things I already see or hear from others on the screen?), and incoherent use of filmic techniques (like doing some exercises at film academy).