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Precious and Her Friends Average rating: 0 out of 5 stars, based on 0 reviews Write a review. Berni Seever. Pickup not available. Add to List. Add to Registry. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. Specifications Publisher Lulu Press, Lulu. Customer Reviews. Write a review. This film marked the acting debut of Sidibe who portrays a young woman struggling against poverty and abuse.

The film, then without a distributor, premiered to acclaim at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival , under its original title of Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. After Precious' screening at Sundance in January , Tyler Perry announced that he and Oprah Winfrey would be providing promotional assistance to the film, which was released through Lionsgate Entertainment. The film's title was changed from Push to Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire , to avoid confusion with the action film Push. Lionsgate gave the film a limited release in North America on November 6, with an expanded release on November Precious received largely positive reviews from critics; the performances of Sidibe and Mo'Nique, the story, and its message were generally praised.

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In , year-old Precious Gabourey Sidibe lives in Harlem neighborhood of New York City with her unemployed mother Mary Mo'Nique , who has long subjected her to physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Precious has also been sexually abused by her now-absent father, Carl Rodney "Bear" Jackson , resulting in two pregnancies. The family resides in a Section 8 tenement and survives on welfare. Her first child, daughter Mongo short for Mongoloid , has Down syndrome and is being cared for by Precious' grandmother, though Mary forces the family to pretend that Mongo lives with her and Precious so she can receive extra money from the government.

When Precious' second pregnancy is discovered, her high-school principal arranges for her to attend an alternative school , where she hopes Precious can change her life's direction. Precious finds a way out of her traumatic daily life by escaping into daydreams in which she is loved and appreciated. She meets sporadically with a new social worker Ms. Weiss Mariah Carey , who learns about the rape in the household when Precious reveals who fathered her children.

While Precious is in the hospital giving birth to her second child Abdul, she meets John McFadden Lenny Kravitz , a nursing assistant who shows her kindness and develops a crush on him. Upon returning home, her mother carelessly drops 3-day-old Abdul and hits her, angrily declaring that Precious' revelation about the abuse has resulted in them being cut off from welfare. Precious fights back and runs away from her home with Abdul after her mother tried to drop a television set on them; she eventually breaks into her school classroom for shelter.

When Ms. Rain discovers them the next morning, she frantically calls local shelters looking for a safe place for Precious and Abdul to stay, but they end up staying with Ms. Rain and her live-in girlfriend.

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The next morning, Ms. Rain takes her and Abdul to find assistance for them; Precious will be able to continue her schooling while she raises Abdul in a halfway house. Precious later learns that she is HIV-positive , though Abdul is not. Feeling dejected, she steals her case file from Ms. Weiss's office. As she shares the details of her file with her fellow students, she begins to hope for the future.

Later, Precious meets with her mother, who brings Mongo, at Ms. Weiss confronts Mary about her and Carl's abuse of Precious, going back to when Precious was 3 years old.

Mary tearfully confesses that she's always hated Precious for "stealing her man" by "letting him" abuse her, and for eventually "making him leave. Mary begs Ms. Weiss to retrieve her daughter, but Ms. Weiss silently rejects her and walks away. Precious plans to complete a GED test to receive a high-school diploma equivalency.

She walks out into the city with both children in tow, ready to start a new life and have a brighter future. Ramona "Sapphire" Lofton the author of the novel makes a cameo appearance as a woman at a daycare center near the film's end. Susan L. Taylor as the Unknown character in the film. At the beginning of the film, she's walking to Precious wearing an orange gown and hands Precious an orange scarf. Daniels had said that he was attracted to the initial novel based on how "raw and honest" it felt.

She tried to make it easier for her.

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And maybe I could heal other people, too. Initially, Daniels did not expect the movie to generate much buzz, expecting the movie to go straight to video , stating "That it made it to the big screen says there was an angel looking after me. Despite the dark subject matter, Sidibe has stated that the mood on the set was lighthearted, that "Every day was a party" and that the cast would frequently sing and tell jokes to "lighten the atmosphere.

Composer Robin Thicke , then married to the film's costar Paula Patton, wrote and produced "Push", the film's original main theme music. People Magazine Daily noted that the film "mainly had a music supervised soundtrack, but not much of a score, so there were popular songs placed in the movie. Winfrey used her status as both a celebrity and a media personality to give the film what was described by Ben Child of The Guardian , as a "high-profile promotional push. Precious was given a limited-theatrical release on November 6, , and was originally scheduled to appear on screens only in North America.

Due to the mature subject matter of the film, it was rated "R" by the Motion Picture Association of America MPAA in the United States, specifically for strong depiction of "child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive indecent language". After riding that three-week wave of success, Precious began to see a decrease in box office earnings. However, the film holds the record as the highest grossing picture to open in fewer than theaters, and holds the record for the highest grossing average per screen for films shown in fewer than 50 theaters.

Precious received favorable reviews from film critics, particularly for Sidibe's and Mo'Nique's performances. Blu Rain as "disarming.

Mary Pols of Time praised the film's fantasy sequences for being able to show the audience a "joyous Wizard of Oz energy" that is able to "open the door into Precious's mind in a way even [the author] Sapphire couldn't. Critic Jack Mathews wrote: "Without being familiar with the source material, you really have no idea how much work went into the adaptation or how well it was done First-time screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher did yeoman's work turning Sapphire's graphic, idiomatic novel into a coherent and inspiring story about the journey of an abused Harlem teenager.

Erin Aubry Kaplan writes on Salon. It's a sign how much we needed to tell this story.

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And, perhaps, how many stories there are left to tell. Scott identifies the script's precise use of force and adept use of language, including a memorable line created by Fletcher for the adaptation: a "risky, remarkable film adaptation, written by Geoffrey Fletcher, the facts of Precious's life are also laid out with unsparing force though not in overly graphic detail.

But just as Push achieves an eloquence that makes it far more than a fictional diary of extreme dysfunction, so too does Precious avoid the traps of well-meaning, preachy lower-depths realism. It howls and stammers, but it also sings Inarticulate and emotionally shut down, her massive body at once a prison and a hiding place, Precious is also perceptive and shrewd, possessed of talents visible only to those who bother to look.