Sunday, 10 October 2010


Director: Lee Daniels
Running time: 106 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 15

UK release date: 29th January 2010

Watched on DVD Sunday 10th October 2010.


This film was highly praised at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs earlier this year, so I thought I’d take a look. It tells the story of a 450 pound girl and how a move to a special school turned her life around. Here’s a brief summary.

Precious is an illiterate sixteen year old schoolgirl who is pregnant with her second child. The child’s father is her own dad, who raped her. She has an abusive mother, Mary, who puts her down both verbally and physically at every opportunity. It seems nobody cares for Precious until the principle at her school signs her up for the ‘Each One, Teach One’ project. Precious goes to the class and meets Ms. Rain, the teacher who will change her life. She is put in a class with other kids who, for one reason or another, haven’t done as well at school as they might. One day, after more abuse and pressure from her mother, Precious goes to sign up for welfare. She is interviewed by Mrs. Weiss who gets her to tell her all about her life at home. A short time later she has her baby, a boy, and is befriended by a male nurse at the hospital called John. When Precious takes her baby home there is a fight and she has to flee. Not knowing where to go she ends up at the school where Ms. Rain ends up taking care of her. From here on, life gets better for Precious, but there will be a couple more bumps in the road yet.

This is a really well made film with some really great performances. I love the way that when Precious is being abused, she goes off into this fantasy world where she’s famous and glamorous, it really fitted in neatly. Great work from all the leading cast, especially Gabourey Sidibe as Precious and Mo'Nique as Mary. Both put in stellar performances. I should also give honourable mentions to Paula Patton as Ms. Rain, Mariah Carey as Mrs. Weiss, Sherri Shepherd as Cornrows and Lenny Kravitz as Nurse John.

A very gritty tale told with a lot of affection. I found it quite engrossing to watch and it was very easy to identify with the characters. Over all, a very good film, but with some very strong themes. Well worth a viewing. Recommended.

My score: 7.8/10

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