Precious

Precious

DVD - 2010
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In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl. She suffers constant physical, mental and sexual abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary. After getting pregnant for the second time, Precious is suspended from her school. Her principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school where her new teacher, Ms. Rain, helps Precious learn to read and she responds to this glimmer of hope. Precious also meets Mrs. Weiss, a social worker, and discovers the abuse and incest that Precious has had to endure. Her father dies of AIDS and Precious learns that she is now HIV-positive.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, [2010]
Edition: DVD.
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 PRECIOUS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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A1lma9
Sep 04, 2017

Wow! The movie was very powerful. Can't wait to read the book it's based on. Don't forgot to watch the extras.

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papagator
Aug 03, 2015

Magnificently disturbing! Powerful and maybe a bit predictable-had the ability to laugh with the cast at times but shook my head at the unsettling dilemma this child had to endure. "Precious" is an overweight 16-year-old illiterate black girl that lives in Harlem with her welfare-dependent, abusive mother. She has one autistic daughter (who lives with her grandmother) and is pregnant with another child, both from her mother's boyfriend, who is also her father.

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erinsnest
Mar 03, 2015

Feb 28, 2015......Thanks Eclectos for commenting about the special features. I usually don't take time to watch those, but with this movie I am very glad that I did. I wasn't sure how I felt about the movie when I was done watching it, but the special features and interviews made me appreciate it much more. I can understand the point of it now having listened to the author of the book talk about it, and her experiences that led her to write the book. She was very passionate. An eye opener for me. (I am grateful that it took this movie to open up my eyes to these subjects.......whew!) I think I will be a little more tolerant and less frustrated (or at least try to be!) with my great mom, whose a little goofy now that she has dementia.

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readyrisa
Jan 20, 2015

Stunning performances - great film.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

As a rule I tend to avoid anything that causes Oprah Winfrey to do backflips; be it a book, a person, or in the case of Precious, a movie. With this in mind I entered the theatre with very few expectations and was therfore neither surprised nor disappointed. Sixteen, pathologically obese, and carrying her father’s second child, Claireece “Precious” Jones is an inner city Cinderella whose prince is never going to come. Brutalized by her mother and on the verge of dropping out of school she finds what comfort she can in a series of vivid daydreams. Fortunately her principal recognizes her potential and enrolls her in an alternative classroom run by a highly motivated woman who refuses to accept failure in her students. With the help of her new teacher and an incisive social worker can Precious rise above her personal circumstances and become the strong independent woman she dreams of? There is much to like in Lee Daniels’ film; from the occasional flashes of humour to the crisp camerawork that moves easily from images of crushing squalor to the kinetic energy of Precious’ fantasies. In one painfully effective scene she’s lying helplessly on her back while her father rapes her when the ceiling suddenly bursts open to reveal a brightly lit stage upon which a coiffed and immaculately dressed Precious laughs and mugs before a mob of adoring paparazzi. Unfortunately Daniels weighs it down with every ghetto cliché he can think of while the accompanying musical score goes from weakly ironic to glaringly ostentatious. With happy white stereotypes on the television and a distinct lack of positive male characters (a few brief scenes involving a male nurse just don’t cut it) the entire production comes across as stilted and deliberately biased. The only thing that keeps it from becoming a conventional “soap oprah” is the phenomenal performances from all involved. I generally avoid the Oscars like a plague, but I predict we will see Gabourey Sidibe receive a best actress nomination for her portrayal of Precious, and Mo’Nique is almost a shoo-in for supporting actress as the mother. Destined to be a powerful and eye-opening experience for anyone who doesn’t get out to movies much.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Jul 20, 2014

Whatever the political agendas of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are for this movie,i don't like it and don't respect it.This movie is probably Oprah's justification for why she is the sellout she is today period.Yes it is well acted (especially by Monique) but i feel like it really throws poor black people in real life that's been in poverty all of their lives under the bus.This really makes poor black people in real life look worse than they already are period.It's time for poor black people in real life to catch a break so to speak,not more insults to their injuries.What this film should have accomplished but clearly didn't is the encouragement and eventual reality of black people of all backgrounds coming together and loving one another worldwide period,but i digress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hania4987 Feb 02, 2014

from all aspects this is a horrifically tragic story ... I really did not see the uplifting part of this situation.

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SusannahElf
Jul 31, 2013

I found this movie moving and inspiring. The rape scenes were not as disturbing as in the book . I was glad of that because it would have made the horrific parts of Precious' life so hard to watch that you wouldn't be able to stay present to see her amazing coping skills and her strength in finding her voice through writing. As an educator, I took heart from this story of how anybody, no matter what has happened to them or what they've been told about themselves, is able to get to a better place with the help of a little attention and care.

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MattPellerin
Jul 23, 2013

NOT for those with weak stomachs to child abuse.

Given that, the movie is exceptionally powerful and you immediately feel attached to the main character, ready to fight for her if necessary. This is a very emotional movie that will most certainly leave any person with a heart more than touched.

If you can handle very emotional scenes and scenes of varying degrees of childhood, you will without a doubt find this one of your favorite movies.

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annanina
Mar 02, 2013

It is very "Oprah" movie (just as the book is). The method is called "shock and shlock" - shock the reader/viewer in the first 1/2 hour, get the emotions high, and then show "good people" from the Oprah reality.

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re_discover
Jul 28, 2012

Violence: Domestic abuse

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re_discover
Jul 28, 2012

Coarse Language: Swearing

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b_xy_p
Jul 07, 2012

Violence: Her mother's abusive relationship with her

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b_xy_p
Jul 07, 2012

Coarse Language: Swearing from her, her mother...actually just about everyone in this movie. Very frequent and very...colourful, as you can say. (bitch, shit, etc.)

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b_xy_p
Jul 07, 2012

Sexual Content: Rape from her father

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JCHippie
May 18, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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JCHippie
May 18, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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JCHippie
May 18, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

lilmisslibrary Apr 30, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

lilmisslibrary Apr 30, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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MattPellerin
Jul 23, 2013

MattPellerin thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Jul 28, 2012

re_discover thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Jul 07, 2012

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Jun 05, 2012

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JCHippie
May 18, 2011

JCHippie thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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re_discover
Jul 28, 2012

"Love ain't done nothing for me... but beat me... rape me... call me an animal! Make me feel worthless! Make me sick!" -Precious

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