The film Precious directed by Lee Daniels is a solemn movie dealing with the unfortunate truths of everyday life for some individuals. The film staring Gabourey Sidibe who plays the main character Clarice “Precious” Jones along with co-stars Mariah Carey and Leni Kravitz is based in the Ghetto of Harlem in the year of 1987. Precious is a sixteen year-old illiterate morbidly obese teenager whom has grown up in the Ghetto of Harlem in a dysfunctional family. Her mother Mary verbally and physically abuses her and uses her as her personal servant while her father Carl also abuses her and has impregnated her twice. Early in the movie it is stated that Precious’s first child is named “Mongo” short for Mongoloid and suffers from Down syndrome. Mongo lives with Precious’ grandmother; however her mother Mary says the baby lives with them to cheat the welfare system and receive extra money from the government. Following the discovery of Precious' second pregnancy, she is suspended from school. Her junior high school principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school, which she hopes can help Precious change her life's direction. Throughout the movie Precious finds a way out of her traumatic daily existence through imagination and fantasy. She fantasizes about being a star because she wishes she was loved and appreciated. Inspired by her new teacher at the alternative school, Precious begins learning to read. Near the middle of the movie Precious starts to meet with a social worker named Miss Weiss who learns about incest in the household when Precious unknowingly tells her. Precious then gives birth to her second child and names him Abdul. While at the hospital, she meets a nursing assistant who shows kindness to her and she likes that, as she finally feels loved. After Precious’ mother Mary intentionally drops baby Abdul and hits Precious, Precious fights back long enough to get her son and leaves her home permanently. That night Precious...
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