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.
- 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-Breaking Character: 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.
- He Really Can Act: Mo'Nique gives a stunning once in a lifetime performance as Mary. Deservedly, she won almost every conceivable film award for it.
- Misaimed Fandom: Unfortunately, there are some viewers that actually believe that Mary wasn't abusive to Precious. Why? Because she provided food and shelter. What these people don't understand that, even without the physical and verbal abuse, Precious was her mother's slave, that she used her and her grandchildren to get welfare benefits and that she even sexually abused her.
- 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.
- Precious and Mary fighting is scored by, of all things, a gospel Christmas song, as well as the fact that there are several freeze frames accompanied by photographs. You'd swear that the film has turned into an extremely dark comedy by now.
- 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 Dissonance: The film has a 23% in Rotten Tomatoes and is badly seen by fans who accuse it of being unoriginal, but IMDb has it with thrice that score and a lot of reviews which support its entertaining value.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Chris Evans and Ming-Na Wen working as a team is this when you realize that now, both are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and work/worked for SHIELD.
- Narm: The Bleeders just look plain silly when they scream. Even sillier when one scene shows them screaming...at a door. Except the one at the end, who was much more powerful than his two sons who had just been killed.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks: As found by critics and audiences alike, he film's main flaw was its heavy borrowing of elements from media like Heroes, Scanners and even X-Men, which made it to be basically a Cliché Storm of the "regular people with powers" genre.