Clareece ‘Precious’ Jones (Gabourey Sidibe, above) is a poor, illiterate and obese 16-year-old growing up in Harlem in the 1980s. What’s more, she’s abused by both her parents and is pregnant, thanks to her father, with her second child.
To escape her miserable existence she imagines herself as a pop star. Precious’s high school principal sees her potential and suggests an ‘alternative’ school where she finally experiences the love and support missing from her life so far.
Actor Mo’Nique does a superb job as Precious’s lazy, resentful and downright cruel mother, while acting newcomer Sidibe nails the mannerisms and demeanour of a teenager clinging to the idea that her life will change.
This film will shock and disgust you, but it will also leave you feeling hopeful and, more importantly, grateful.
Released February 4.