The movie poster for the film, "Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire"
Comedian/actress Monique shines as the monster mom, Mary.
Newcomer actress Gaby Sibidie plays the lead character.
'Precious' uses humor to tell hardening family drama
(RATING: 4 **** out of 4 stars)
Set in 1987 the film, like the book, tells the story about a portly, illiterate teen, Precious (played by newcomer Gaby Sibidie) who's pregnant with her second child from by her father and is on the verge of getting kicked out of junior high school.
During her struggles, Precious lives with her mental and physically abusive mother Mary (played by comedian Monique) and is saved by her alternative school teacher Ms Rain (played by Paula Patton).
Sibidie and actress Paula Patton as the sympathetic teacher Ms. Rain.
Directed by critically acclaimed director Lee Daniels ("Monster's Ball"), this film adaptation of poet Sapphiries' 1997 novel, "Push," is uncompromising, horrifying and deliciously and brutally honest in regards totopics: illiteracy, poverty, and incest. At the heart of the film is its protagonist Precious played by Sibidie who's somewhat akin to the masochistic Celie of "Color Purple" and ending up hopeful of their future.
The dramatic scenes come from the abusive scenes from Sibidie and Monique as the cantankerous and villainous mother. The fantasy scenes of Precious wishing she was a star, a blonde, had a light skinned boyfriend and white works effectively to tell her story of one who wished they were in another existence beside her poor and black world. There are also a few scenes that are shocking to see on screen that will pull out every emotional fiber of your viewing of them.
A hospital scene with pop rocker Lenny Kravitz as her caregiver Nurse John and Sibidie.
Pop diva Mariah Carey dowdies down as the social worker, Ms. Weiss in one of the many strong supporting roles in the film.