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Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

R| 1 hr. 49 min.

Plot Summary
Pregnant by her own father for the second time, 16-year-old Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) can neither read nor write and suffers constant abuse at the hands of her vicious mother (Mo'Nique). Precious instinctively sees a chance to turn her life around when she is offered the opportunity to transfer to an alternative school. Under the patient, firm guidance of her new teacher, Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins the journey from oppression to self-determination.

Cast: Gabourey Sidibe , Mo'Nique , Paula Patton , Lenny Kravitz , Mariah Carey , Sherri Shepherd , Xosha Roquemore , Chyna Layne

Director: Lee Daniels

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009)

Release Date: January 16th, 2009|1 hr. 49 min.

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  • Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, 24, in an astounding debut that brims with grit and amazing grace. show more

  • A movie about an obese Harlem teenager who's raped by her father and abused by her mother. It's depressing, devastating, harrowing and repulsive. But there are lyric flights of hope interspersed among that raw naturalism, and that's what makes this movie amazing. show more

  • Despite its melodramatic moments, remarkable performances drive home the film's inspiring message. show more

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