The novel called Push has examples of:
- Adaptation Displacement: A weird example. The novel is being repackaged as "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" following the success of the movie. So the new official title is effectively "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire (formerly Push: a novel by Sapphire)" by Sapphire. See One Mario Limit.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: Sometimes criticized for being too depressing, graphic, and hard to read. The sequel seems to be even more depressing.
- Complete Monster:In this novel from which the movie Precious was adopted, Carl is Clareece "Precious" Jonesís abusive father, and the father of her two children. He doesn't appear in the book proper, but at the very least, he's an adulterer, a rapist, and most likely a Depraved Bisexual, and for the most part only uses Mary and Precious for sex, and to occasionally loot the house for food and money on his way out the door.
- Squick: It can be a bit hard to read at times.
- The Woobie: Precious, obviously. Poor, poor, poor, Precious.
The film of Push called Precious has examples of:
- Award Snub: Gabourey Sidibe definitely shouldn't have lost to Sandra Bullock, even if she didn't deserve to win.
- Base Breaker: Mary. Was she ultimately sympathetic or not? As such, she appears as both sides of the same coin.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: After hurling the television set at Precious and her son, Mary grumps back into the apartment, doesn't even bother to clean herself up, flops into her chair, picks up the remote and...
- "Precious' son Abdul looks just like his daddy." In the sequel Precious succumbs to AIDS and Abdul is put into an Orphanage of Fear where he's abused and raped and eventually becomes a violent rapist.
- Moral Event Horizon: Mary practically lives on the other side of the line the way some people live on the other side of the train tracks. Honorable mentions include:
- Standing in an open doorway to watch Carl raping Precious.
- Attacking her with an iron skillet.
- Throwing a television set down from the upper level of a stairwell to try and hit Precious over the head.
- Asking to hold Abdul, then literally throwing him to the floor.
- The brutal emotional and physical abuse in the staircase scene.
- Carl rapes his own daughter.
- Because that's where he starts. It's practically his only scene and it's how we're introduced both to his character and to Precious herself. You can't cross a line if you started on the other side; Mary, for all her other monstrous qualities, is shown to have (however briefly) actually loved Precious very much when she was a little girl.
- Narm: There are many Youtube comments of people who reportedly laughed at Precious when she was verbally abused by her mother. Some of this is because Mo'nique is so funny, and Word of God on the commentary says they were laughing as they were filming the worst of the abuse scenes.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Mary's breakdown in front of Ms. Weiss. Precious herself realizes that Mary, however monstrous she is, is ultimately a sad, selfish pervert, too stupid to even understand what's going on around her and lapsing helplessly into angry denial when things don't go her way. It's implied that Precious essentially forgives her in order to let go, and never sees her again. In the book, Mary is so cheerfully proud of her relationship with Carl that Precious has to bail out of the conversation entirely.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: At the end with Mary's confrontation with Ms. Weiss and Precious. After verbally and physically abusing Precious throughout the movie, telling her she'll never amount to anything without her, treating her grandchildren like garbage (she even threw Abdul on the floor after her daughter came over to her home to show her new grandchild; she viewed the baby, and Precious showing him off, like her "rival" bragging about the child she had with her man), she still blames her for Carl abandoning her, called her sneaky and said "Who's gonna love me? Who's gonna touch me?". Even Ms. Weiss wanted nothing to do with her after she was finished.
- Wangst: Largely averted. Though she has very good reason to angst, Precious is usually fairly calm about her circumstances, only breaking down once during the movie.
The 2009 film called Push has examples of:
- Critical Backlash: The film has a 23% in Rotten Tomatoes and is badly seen by fans who accuse it of being unoriginal, but Internet Movies Database has it with thrice that score and many reviews which support its entertaining value.
- Narm: The Bleeders just plain looked silly when they screamed, except the one at the end, who was much more powerful than his two sons who had just been killed.
- Relationship Writing Fumble: If the reviews and fan reactions are anything to go by, whatever relationship thirteen year old Cassie and twenty three year old Nick were supposed to have wasn't what the audience saw, given her Clingy Jealous Girl behavior once Kira arrives and her short skirt. The worst offender was the hotel scene when Cassie leaves, "powers her use" by getting drunk, then returns to curse out Nick's actual love interest Kira, and falls asleep in a provocative position.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks: Often criticized for being a rip off of X-Men or Heroes due to the notion of paranoia and the government being the enemy.
- The marble scene in the beginning is taken almost directly from a part in Ted Dekker's book Blink, a book where the main character can see potential futures. When he's about to be arrested, he rolls a rubber ball down the hall, timing it so that it will bounce off the right walls, causing a distraction so he and his Love Interest can get away. Could have been a Shout-Out though.
- It's far closer in plot to Scanners and Firestarter.