History Literature / Push

3rd Dec '15 7:06:37 AM crazysamaritan
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* AdultsAreUseless: In the book, it's not a secret that Precious is pregnant by her father at twelve or that her mother beats her; when she gives birth the first time, Precious tells the nurse filling out the birth certificate that she and her baby have the same father, but the nurse's only reaction is to tsk-tsk her over being pregnant so young and ''all'' of the adults in Precious' life (including her grandmother, neighbor, and elementary school teachers) utterly fail to intervene, and the social worker employed to check on Little Mongo falls for Mary's scam hook, line, and sinker. She doesn't find any kind of help until she's well into her teens.

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In the book, it's not a secret that Precious is pregnant by her father at twelve or that her mother beats her; when she gives birth the first time, Precious tells the nurse filling out the birth certificate that she and her baby have the same father, but the nurse's only reaction is to tsk-tsk her over being pregnant so young and ''all'' of the adults in Precious' life (including her grandmother, neighbor, and elementary school teachers) utterly fail to intervene, and the social worker employed to check on Little Mongo falls for Mary's scam hook, line, and sinker. She doesn't find any kind of help until she's well into her teens.



* BeautyInversion and PlayingAgainstType: MariahCarey as Precious' social worker in the movie. She is almost unrecognizable. Gabourey Sidibe is also 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. Still counts as AdaptationalAttractiveness because even at their least glamorous, the actors are much better looking than the characters as described in the book.
** Mo'Nique, primarily known for comedic roles, took both tropes UpToEleven. In the book, Mary is morbidly obese to the point of not being able to fit in the bathtub; the scenes in the movie where Mary forces Precious to overeat actually [[TropesAreNotBad serve her characterization just as well]], if not better, than the book, because of Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe's respective builds.
* TheBechdelTest: A rare case of an inverted failure, or near-failure. The only dialogue between male characters not involving a woman consists of a few angry words between a teacher and a student at the very beginning. The only significant male character, John [=McFadden=], interacts solely with women.

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* BeautyInversion and PlayingAgainstType: MariahCarey BeautyInversion: Despite efforts to make the actresses more homely, [[AdaptationalAttractiveness the actors are much better looking than the characters as described in the book.]]
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as Precious' social worker in the movie. She is almost unrecognizable. unrecognizable.
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Gabourey Sidibe is also made to look larger using unflattering clothes and hairstyles along with a menacing, surly glower. glower.
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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. Still counts as AdaptationalAttractiveness because even at their least glamorous, the actors are much better looking than the characters as described in the book.
** Mo'Nique, primarily known for comedic roles, took both tropes UpToEleven. In the book, Mary Mo'Nique plays Mary, who is morbidly obese to the point of not being able to fit in the bathtub; the scenes in the movie where Mary forces Precious to overeat actually [[TropesAreNotBad serve her characterization just as well]], if not better, than the book, because of Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe's respective builds.
* TheBechdelTest: A rare case of an inverted failure, or near-failure. The only dialogue between male characters not involving a woman consists of a few angry words between a teacher and a student at the very beginning. The only significant male character, John [=McFadden=], interacts solely with women.
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20th Oct '15 7:38:10 AM DoctorCooper
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* AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped: Though some claim it's a case of {{Anvilicious}}.
11th Sep '15 10:46:53 AM PurpleAlert
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** The nurse actually does call the police after finding out about Precious' father being the father of her baby, and at least in the movie this is how Precious "made him leave", according to her mother. It's an especially ugly manifestation of this trope when the police are called in to handle a twelve-year-old incest victim who just gave birth and their response is to do absolutely nothing. Even social services is only involved for ''Mary's'' sake.
5th Sep '15 5:03:26 PM maxwellsilver
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* OneMarioLimit: For the film, as applied to titles. There was another 2009 film (an ActionMovie) titled ''{{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.
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* OneMarioLimit: For the film, as applied to titles. There was another 2009 film (an ActionMovie) titled ''{{Push}}'', ''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.
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31st Aug '15 3:52:47 AM shamblingdead2
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A sequel to the book was published in 2011, called ''[[http://www.avclub.com/review/sapphireem-the-kidem-58831 The Kid]]'', about Precious' son Abdul. The book received mixed reviews.

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A [[Literature/TheKid sequel to the book book]] was published in 2011, called ''[[http://www.avclub.com/review/sapphireem-the-kidem-58831 The Kid]]'', about Precious' son Abdul. The book received mixed reviews.
18th May '15 5:08:32 PM EgoProxy
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* FatBastard: In the novel, Precious notes that Mary is literally too obese to bathe; she can't fit in the tub anymore. In both versions she forces Precious to overeat as part of her abuse pattern. [[spoiler: In the novel, Mary molests her when eating so much makes her fall asleep in front of the TV.]]
2nd May '15 10:01:55 PM AimlessMeadering
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* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Mary's thoughts on Precious, particularly in the movie, where she explicitly blames Precious for everything Carl did because she didn't fight him off.
30th Apr '15 9:01:55 AM AimlessMeadering
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* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Both Mary and Precious, in different ways. Mary ([[TruthInTelevision like many people at the time]]) has no idea that [[spoiler: she's been exposed to HIV because she thinks it only spreads through anal sex]]. The much more heartbreaking example is Precious: she's been living in the SmallSecludedWorld of her horribly abusive mother's home all her life. She knows very well that her father forced her to have sex with him against her will, but it's not until after Abdul is born that it dawns on her that ''maybe'' she was raped.
30th Apr '15 6:19:42 AM AimlessMeadering
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* BeautyInversion and PlayingAgainstType: MariahCarey as Precious' social worker in the movie. She is almost unrecognizable. Gabourey Sidibe is also 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. Still counts as AdaptationalAttractiveness because even at their least glamorous, the actors are much better looking than the characters as described in the book. Mo'Nique, primarily known for comedic roles, took both tropes UpToEleven.

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* BeautyInversion and PlayingAgainstType: MariahCarey as Precious' social worker in the movie. She is almost unrecognizable. Gabourey Sidibe is also 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. Still counts as AdaptationalAttractiveness because even at their least glamorous, the actors are much better looking than the characters as described in the book.
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Mo'Nique, primarily known for comedic roles, took both tropes UpToEleven.UpToEleven. In the book, Mary is morbidly obese to the point of not being able to fit in the bathtub; the scenes in the movie where Mary forces Precious to overeat actually [[TropesAreNotBad serve her characterization just as well]], if not better, than the book, because of Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe's respective builds.
3rd Feb '15 11:27:53 PM AimlessMeadering
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** Averted in the book. [[spoiler: Mary is just as bad as Carl, if not worse; in the movie, Mary clearly knows what Carl was doing was wrong, objected, and cries upon realizing how horrible she's been, only to go right back into denial and blaming Precious for driving Carl away. In the book, she admits she watched Carl attempt to rape Precious as a toddler, and when he succeeded, she effectively stopped thinking of Precious as human.]]
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