Quick Review: Intense and Inspiring

Staring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton

Release Year: 2009

McCain DVD Call number: 2154

Precious (based off of the novel Push by Saphire) is an incredible story about a young black woman growing up in New York who faces an incredible array of challenges in her life. To start, she’s pregnant with her second child–both products of rape from her father.  Mo’Nique turns out a powerful and arresting performance as Precious’ abusive mother, who tries to stop her daughter from improving herself through education. Paula Patton gives a beautiful performance as a teacher who refuses to give up on  Precious, and helps her connect with herself through writing. Additionaly, Mariah Carey gives a surprisingly captivating portrayal of Precious’ social worker.

With knock-out preformances by all actors, great writing, and great visuals Precious is a film to see. My one critique of the film is that is does seem to drag a little towards the end.