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precious

March 24, 2010

This film has attracted great attention.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to see it.  Tell me what you think.

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One comment

  1. “Precious” was a real eye-opener for me. I had known that children live lifestyles full of poverty and neglect, but movies like this show the extreme cases that are often unimaginable to the average person.
    “Precious” is an overweight, abused, and illiterate 16 year old black girl living in New York City. She is constantly ridiculed by her mother who uses language towards her that is absolutely appalling. She is raped by her father which impregnates her twice. In other words, Precious lives an awful life.
    When I rented this movie, I wondered why it was rated R. I quickly realized why after a few minutes into the film. The language used in Precious’s household was almost always preceded by horrific profanity. Precious’s mother would repeatedly tell her she was a fat, worthless girl that was going no where in life and her best option was to go down to the welfare office to start her life. Precious refused and instead attended school behind her mother’s back. She wanted to learn instead of follow in the ways of her lazy, unemployed mother.
    For the majority of the movie I just sat their in amazement. I’ve never experienced anything like what happened in Precious’s life. I just can’t grasp how Precious felt, living in those conditions for a long 16 years.
    Precious, although illiterate, is still an intelligent and courageous girl. She showed this when she left her mothers small apartment one day with her first child, who was autistic. She left the place for good. She knew where she was living wasn’t good for her and her child. She enrolled in an education program and found a place to live with the help of a social worker. Anything was better than living with her mother.
    I thought the ending was very appropriate because it left telling any audience watching the film, rich or poor, fat or skinny, educated or not, to do what’s best for them, even if it means starting a new life and leaving the ones they are supposed to love. The movie can inspire people to go beyond the limits of what they are provided and to seek help when desperately needed, such as what Precious does in the end of the film.



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