Thursday, December 24, 2009

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Director: Lee Daniels. Cast: Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz. 110 min. Rated R. Drama.

I do not enjoy watching other people's misery. I've seen movies much more depressing than Precious, but at least somewhere, at some point, they offer a small glimmer of hope - a tiny possibility of a solution. Precious offers none of that, and tries to torture the viewer for a full two hours by the story an obese black 16-year-old girl who has two kids out of incest, from a father who was HIV positive. The director's exploitation of the sad girl's story occasionally becomes sadistic. I found myself dozing off at times.

(PS: There's probably an Oscar nomination (or even a win) for Mo'nique in the Best Supporting Actress category here.)

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