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

Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

Release Date: November 6th, 2009

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

Production Co: Smokewood Entertainment Group

Keywords: 2000s, Transformation, Intense, Mother, New York City, School, Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A great American film. show more

  • 90
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Its story ends up packing an emotional wallop as substantial as its title character. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    As Precious, Sidibe is superb, allowing us to see the inner warmth and beauty of a young woman who, to her world's cruel eyes, might seem monstrous. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Winner Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010)
Nominated Directing
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2010)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
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