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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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).
Overweight back girl, pregnant with her second son from her abusive father, tries to pull her life back together. Film adaptation of Sapphire's novel "Push", harrowing story of how an illiterate dropout finds the strenght to lift herself from despair is a sometimes awkward combination of guerrilla-style footage and flashy sequences showing the fantasy world the protagonist retreats when reality becomes unbearable.
I don't mind biopics. Even sad biopics. The more disturbing is the argument, the more happy is the cinephile in me. Now PRECIOUS also belongs to the maudlin post Capra denunciatory genre. With Maria Carey and Lenny Kravitz as artistic cautions and Oprah Winfrey as the High Priestess. Yes. And suddenly I feel tired, very tired. A DVD zone less guilty conscience.
There are some beefy performances here but the film feels too contrived. It's not a useless film -- it probably serves an express purpose better than many other films -- but it's not entirely captivating either.
Not the masterpiece some have made it out to be, but also not worthless drivel as others have claimed it. Director Lee Daniels does a good job of balancing the material so that it doesn't descend completely into hokey melodrama. Gabourey Sidibe is just alright in the lead, but Mo'Nique and Mariah Carey deserve their praise for their surprising turns. Falls far short of the hype it generated, but not a terrible film.
Mo'Nique lives up to the hype, she is simultaneously hilarious (shrieking insults and chucking TVs down stairwells like a black Dawn Davenport), grotesque and in her final scene, heartbreaking. Glossy 90s R&B music video aesthetics aside (oh well its Hollywood), the batshit insanity on display and beautifully raw, natural performances by Gabourey Sidibe and the supporting cast members make it worth a watch.