History Film / Precious

13th May '18 9:04:06 PM PaulA
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* ChildByRape: Both of Precious's children.

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* FatGirl: Precious is the played-for-drama version.

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* ASaintNamedMary: Subverted with Precious's mother Mary, who is physically and emotionally abusive, foul-mouthed and deceitful.
13th May '18 8:28:48 PM PaulA
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It was nominated for three Golden Globes, winning one (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique) and six Oscars, winning two (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique and Best Writing for Geoffrey Fletcher, also marking the first time an African-American has won that award solo).


It was nominated for three Golden Globes, winning one (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique) and six Oscars, {{UsefulNotes/Academy Award}}s, winning two (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique and Best Writing for Geoffrey Fletcher, also marking the first time an African-American has won that award solo).

* AndStarring: The posters say "and introducing Gabourey Sidibe," since that was her first major film role.

* ClusterFBomb: ''Precious'' has at least 75 uses of the F-word, mostly from Mary.
* CreatorCameo: Sapphire has a cameo in the very beginning, in one of Precious' fantasy sequences.

* DesperatelyCravesAffection: Precious is sexually abused by her father and is implied to have had the same thing happen to her by her mother, who also piles emotional and physical abuse on her including telling her nobody is ever going to love her. She receives no genuine familial affection from her family so Precious finds a way out of her traumatic daily life by escaping into daydreams. In her mind, she has created an alternate world where she is loved and appreciated.
* DreamSue: Precious often escapes her cruel reality by imagining herself as things she believes she can never be, such as a successful celebrity loved by everyone, a girl capable of getting a very handsome boyfriend, a beautiful white teenager, or, in the saddest example, a girl who's recognized in her yearbook, with friendly teachers and a loving family. In reality she is often outcast, has to resort to extremes to get what she wants, is morbidly obese, is despised and abused by her mother, and raped and impregnated twice by her father.

* EvilMatriarch: Mary Jones. She allows her husband to rape their daughter, impregnating her twice. The firstborn child has Down's Syndrome and she sends that child to live with the grandmother. She receives welfare, but only spends it on herself, and puts on a wonderful mother routine when the social worker comes for visits. Even worse still, Mary [[spoiler:physically, verbally, emotionally, and also sexually abuses Precious and eventually physically abuses the second baby that Precious gives birth to]].

* GospelChoirsAreJustBetter: In one of her fantasy daydreams, Precious imagines herself in a choir much more magnificent than the one she is watching rehearse at a local church.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: ''Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire''.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The television commercials show only the main character's day-dream sequencing, implying that the film is about an up-and-coming diva, when the actual film is not even close.

* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:From ''both'' parents, no less.]]


* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:From ''both'' parents, no less.]][[spoiler:Precious is raped by her father, resulting in two children and HIV. It's strongly implied that Precious's mother forces her to "take care of her" (i.e., perform oral sex on her) because she feels that her daughter drove her boyfriend off and, as she says, "Who was gonna love me?"]]
* PhotoOpWithTheDog: Precious's mother Mary pretends like they live with Precious's child who has Down Syndrome in order to get welfare. In reality, Mary hates the child and calls her an animal.
* ScreamingBirth: Precious uses this when she goes into labor at school. The scene cuts to her being on a stretcher and she is screaming in pain. A nurse comes to Precious' stretcher and tells her to stop screaming. She does for two seconds and then goes right back to screaming.
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: ''Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire''.
* SirSwearsalot: Mary.
13th May '18 7:30:00 PM PaulA
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''Precious: [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire]]'' is a 2009 film directed by Lee Daniels and starring Creator/GaboureySidibe as Precious. It is based on the novel ''Literature/{{Push}}'' by Sapphire.

It was nominated for three Golden Globes, winning one (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique) and six Oscars, winning two (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique and Best Writing for Geoffrey Fletcher, also marking the first time an African-American has won that award solo).
!!This film contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Precious's father has repeatedly raped her, and her mother has gone as far as to, among other acts, [[spoiler:toss a TV at her after falling down the steps with her son, Abdul. It is implied that she also forces Precious to have sex with her.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Despite efforts to make the actresses more homely, the characters in the film are much better looking than the characters as described in the book. In the book, Mary is morbidly obese to the point of not being able to fit in the bathtub; her appearance in the film is not that extreme.
* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: Mary is still a raging {{jerkass}} in the film, but the film doesn't show the scenes in which she sexually abuses her daughter.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: There's a scene where Precious and Miss Weiss are talking, and Precious can't tell what ethnicity she is, and asks if she's "Italian, or black, or some type of Spanish."
* AscendedExtra: The young actress who plays Ruby (the little girl in Precious' building) started out as an extra.
* BeautyInversion:
** Music/MariahCarey as Precious' social worker is almost unrecognizable.
** Creator/GaboureySidibe is made to look larger using unflattering clothes and hairstyles along with a menacing, surly glower.
** Sherri Shepard as the receptionist at the alternative school. She has braids and is also almost unrecognizable, but not nearly as much as Mariah Carey.
* BerserkButton: Calling Precious fat. One of her classmates learned the hard way.
* ButNotTooBlack:
** The saintly and fair-skinned Ms. Rain rescues poor, black-as-ebony Precious from a life of misery and woe. In the novel, however, Ms. Rain was actually darker skinned with somewhat messy dredlocks.
** In the book, Precious has a poster of Louis Farrakhan on her bedroom wall, and speaks about his sermons on self-respect. In the film, she has only white film stars on her wall. It's to emphasize her poor self-image (and how she believes that white people have it better than she does), but still. Precious also explicitly states that among her many dreams is to have a light-skinned boyfriend.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The poster, seen above. [[http://www.impawards.com/2009/precious_ver2.html This one's]] less Hitchcock-y. [[http://www.impawards.com/2009/precious_ver6.html This one]] tells the whole story.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Despite contracting HIV from her father, Precious manages to dig herself out of the hell of her past life. She is reading at a near high school level by the end of the film, has new friends, severs all ties with her mother, is in possession of both her children, and has gained a new lease on life. Her next move as the film ends is to complete a GED test, which will allow her to graduate high school.]]
* FreudianExcuse: The reason for Precious's antagonistic relationship with her mother was [[{{Squick}} her mom being jealous that her husband would rather have sex with his daughter than with her]]. In her mother's eyes, Precious was stealing him away from her.
-->But, those... those things she told you I did to her? Who... who... who else was going to love me? WHO else was going to touch me? WHO else was going to make me feel good?
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Mary's thoughts on Precious; she explicitly blames Precious for everything Carl did because she didn't fight him off.
* OneMarioLimit: There was another 2009 film (an action movie) titled ''Film/{{Push}}'', so whether the...erm...unique title of the film was planned ahead of time or not, it helped avoid confusion (one doubts that there's much overlap between the two films' audiences). They did however go a bit overboard calling it 'Precious (Base On Nol By Saf) (Based On The Novel 'Push' By Sapphire)' (mimicking the way Precious writes when she is first learning how to). When the movie tie-in edition of ''Push'' was released, the cover read "Push: A Novel by Sapphire. Now a Major Motion Picture 'Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire'" to the confusion of readers and booksellers alike.
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:From ''both'' parents, no less.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: In a few places. The movie has REALLY surreal moments. The most bizarre might be the scene where Precious and her mother fight, accompanied by a gospel Christmas song.
* TeenPregnancy: Twice, in fact Precious' first pregnancy is almost a preteen pregnancy.
* RaceLift: Ms. Weiss is AmbiguouslyBrown (played by Music/MariahCarey, who has mixed African and white ancestry). In the book, Ms. Weiss is white and Precious does not fully trust her.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Precious.
2nd Aug '17 8:20:29 AM JamesAustin
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