Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” By Sapphire
Hands up who wants to watch an overweight girl being abused by her father, being abused by her mother, and balancing raising a developmentally challenged baby in ’80s Harlem with learning to read. A fun night’s in store, right? Fortunately, this stirring adaptation of Sapphire’s bestseller is much, much more. The story of the put-upon Precious is harrowing, but not without its lighter moments. Most importantly, Gabourney Sidibe‘s amazing performance provides a revealing look at the kind of spirit required to overcome what look like insurmountable challenges. In addition, there’s also an Oscar-winning Mo’nique–stuffed into a catsuit and scraped free of makeup–playing one of the movie’s most memorable monsters. Check it out: Precious is a feel-bad movie that will actually leave you feeling like there’s some hope still left out there.
Extras: Commentary from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, making of featurettes, a deleted scene, Sidibe’s audition reel, and more.
- By C. Bottomley