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Precious Jones, an inner-city high school girl, is illiterate, overweight, and pregnant…again. Naïve and abused, Precious responds to a glimmer of hope when a door is opened by an alternative-school teacher. She is faced with the choice to follow opportunity and test her own boundaries. Prepare for shock, revelation and celebration.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 213817535
UPC 031398119777
UPC 14 00031398119777
Format DVD
Release Date 5/12/2015
Rating Rating
African American Cinema
African American Culture
Based On A Novel
Family Interaction
New York City
Teenage Girls
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Rocker Lenny Kravitz makes his debut as a film star in this indie drama based on the beloved novel PUSH. Clareece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe) is a Harlem teen who is pregnant with her second child. But with the help of a teacher (Paula Patton) and a nurse (Kravitz), Precious may be able to navigate the way to a new life. PUSH also stars Mo'nique as Precious's mother.
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Sidibe's Precious is so startlingly truthful and so subtle she seems to have stepped out of documentary to make her appearance her. Totally believable performances are also turned in by both Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey..." 01/22/2009 ,3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Sibide's PRECIOUS is so startlingly truthful and so subtle she seems to have stepped out of a documentary to make her appearance here. Totally believable performances are also turned in by both Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey..." 11/03/2009
Rolling Stone "[A] raw and riveting human drama....Electrifying." 09/17/2009 ,3.5 stars out of 4 -- "There is one word for Mo'Nique: dynamite. She tears up the screen and then, in a climactic scene with Precious and Ms. Weiss, tears at your heart." 11/12/2009 ,Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2009" -- "[O]ne of a kind." 12/24/2009
A.V. Club "PRECIOUS works. Daniels and Fletcher don't spare the sorrow, but neither do they neglect moments of joy, hope, or belonging." -- Grade: B 11/05/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] great American film....Sibide is heartbreaking as Precious..." 11/05/2009
Los Angeles Times "Nothing quite prepares you for the rough-cut diamond that is PRECIOUS....Shockingly raw, surprisingly irreverent and absolutely unforgettable..." 11/05/2009 ,Included in Los Angeles Times's "Best Films Of 2009" -- "[The performances] are as fearless as they are fierce." 12/20/2009
USA Today "The dialogue, by screenwriter Damien Paul, can be refreshingly honest....Remarkable performances drive home the film's inspiring message." 11/05/2009
Wall Street Journal "[A] shockingly beautiful film....This is a fine movie, and a deep one." 11/06/2009
Movieline "While Mo'Nique's performance is the barnburner, it is Sibide and her classmates who resonate, who inhabit a world outside of themselves..." 11/06/2009
Washington Post "[The film] surely qualifies as the most painful, poetic and improbably beautiful film of the year....Fleet, assured and lyrical." 11/13/2009
Entertainment Weekly "PRECIOUS captures how a lost girl rouses herself from the dead....It's a potent and moving experience because by the end you feel like you've witnessed nothing less than the birth of a soul." -- Grade: A 11/13/2009 ,Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "Mo'Nique gives a performance that is harrowing in its venom and despair." 12/25/2009
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "[L]ittle can prepare you for its raw power, and a heart-rending journey to self-acceptance and hope." 01/22/2010
Lee Daniels
Mariah Carey
Lenny Kravitz
Paula Patton
Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe
Cast & Crew
Mo'Nique - Star
Mariah Carey - Star
Sherri Shepherd - Star
Lenny Kravitz - Star
Paula Patton - Star
Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe - Star
Sapphire - Source Writer
Damien Paul - Screenwriter
Lee Daniels - Producer
Sarah Siegel-Magness - Producer
Gary Magness - Producer
Lisa Cortes - Executive Producer
Tom Heller - Executive Producer
Andrew Dunn - Director of Photography
Joe Klotz - Editor
Mario Grigorov - Composer
Oprah Winfrey - Executive Producer
Tyler Perry - Executive Producer
Lee Daniels - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00031398119777
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Golden Globe (2010) Gabourey Sidibe, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Mo'Nique, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Precious, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild (2010) Gabourey Sidibe, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,Mariah Carey et, al., Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture,Mo'Nique, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sundance Film Festival (2009) Lee Daniels, Winner, Audience Award - Drama,Lee Daniels, Winner, Grand Jury Prize - Drama,Mo'Nique, Winner, Special Jury Prize - Drama
Oscar (2010) Gabourey Sidibe, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Geoffrey Fletcher, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Joe Klotz, Nominee, Best Achievement in Editing,Lee Daniels, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing,Lee Daniels et, al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Mo'Nique, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Geoffrey Fletcher, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Mo'Nique, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Precious (saddled with the unwieldy subtitle: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire) manages the task of being both heartbreaking and heart-warming, all without resorting to the kind of manipulation so often evident in dramas about underprivileged kids trying to improve themselves. There are pitfalls inherent in this kind of story, but indie director Lee Daniels sidesteps them, crafting a feature that is both emotionally honest and stirring. Precious spends time in the urban trenches that are often used as a colorful backdrop for other less true films; here, they are integral to the essence of the characters, places where acts of supreme horror are dismissed matter-of-factly. Ultimately, Precious is a story of one young woman's embrace of self-worth in these circumstances, but that discovery does not come without a price...This is Lee Daniels' second feature as a director, following 2005's festival circuit participant, Shadowboxer. Daniels' film business credentials extend beyond his behind-the-camera endeavors -among other things, he produced Monsters Ball. Although Precious is a low-budget production, it has attracted some notable backers, with both Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry signing on in executive producer roles, which should accord the film more prominence than it might otherwise attain. When it debuted to a rapturous reception at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009, Precious went by the name of Push, but the title was changed to avoid confusion with the mainstream action film that opened (and subsequently disappeared) early in the year. Under its new name, Precious highlighted several film festivals and was enthusiastically greeted at each one, including Toronto, where it won the audience award. Often, festival citations don't mean much, but this is an exception. It's unclear how widespread the movie's final distribution will be but, even if it means making an unusual effort, this is worth searching out. It's a 2009 example of the kind of passionate independent filmmaking that was in vogue 15 years ago and whose richness is sadly lacking today. Precious is a reminder that sometimes all it takes to make a great film is the courageous performance of an actor as a character whose story is compelling enough to consume two hours of screen time.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Precious has shut down. She avoids looking at people, she hardly ever speaks, she's nearly illiterate. Inside her lives a great hurt, and also her child, conceived in a rape. She is fat. Her clothes are too tight. School is an ordeal of mocking cruelty. Home is worse. Her mother, defeated by life, takes it out on her daughter. After Precious is raped by her father, her mother, is angry not at the man, but at the child for "stealing" him...There's one element in the film that redeems this landscape of despair. That element is hope. Not the hope of Precious, but that of two women who want better for her. It's not that Precious "shows promise." I think it's that these women, having in their jobs seen a great deal, can hardly imagine a girl more obviously in pain...That is the starting point for Precious, a great American film that somehow finds an authentic way to move from these beginnings to an inspiring ending. Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, a young actress in her debut performance as Precious, says, "I know this girl. I know her in my family, I know her in my friends, I've seen her, I've lived beside this girl."...We may have seen her, too, if we looked. People often don't really look. They see, evaluate, dismiss...Sidibe is heartbreaking as Precious, that poor girl. Three other actresses perform so powerfully in the film that academy voters will be hard-pressed to choose among them. Audiences may be hard-pressed to recognize them. The comedian Mo'Nique plays Mary, Precious' chain-smoking couch potato of a mother, treating her daughter like a domestic servant and turning a blind eye on years of abuse. Paula Patton is Ms. Rain, Precious' teacher, who is able to see through the girl's sullen withdrawal and her vulgarities, and wonder what pain it may be masking. Mariah Carey is Ms. Weiss, a social worker...Mary, the mother, is perhaps not a bad woman but simply one defeated by the forces she now employs against her daughter. Mo'Nique is frighteningly convincing...The film is a tribute to Sidibe's ability to engage our empathy. Her work is still another demonstration of the mystery of some actors, who evoke feelings in ways beyond words and techniques. She so completely creates the Precious character that you rather wonder if she's very much like her...You meet Sidibe, who is engaging, outgoing and 10 years older than her character, and you're almost startled. She's not at all like Precious, but in her first performance, she not only understands this character but knows how to make her attract the sympathy of her teacher, the social worker -- and ourselves. I don't know how she does it but there you are.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post Qualifies as the most painful, poetic and improbably beautiful film of the year.
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal Genuinely and irresistibly inspirational.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly It's a potent and moving experience, because by the end you feel you've witnessed nothing less than the birth of a soul.

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