Precious is a teenage girl in the toughest of situations. She lives in Harlem with her mother, who abuses her verbally and physically. She had a child as a result of being raped by her absentee father, and the child has Down syndrome. She has another child on the way, again a result of rape. She is morbidly obese, and she is failing out of school. Her second pregnancy causes her school to send to an alternative education school, where the aim is to change her lifestyle to go in a more positive direction. Precious takes kindly to her new teacher, Blu Rain, who teaches her how to read and write for the first time. She also meets several other positive influences on her life for the first time, including a sympathetic social worker, Mrs. Weiss, and John, the hunky and sweet nurse who helps prepare her to give birth. When she gives birth, Precious seems to have turned her life around. However, upon arriving home with the baby, her mother beats her up and intentionally drops her newborn child onto the ground. Precious escapes, staying with Blu for the moment. Precious then receives news that she is HIV-positive, which comes about when they find her father dead from AIDS. With the help of Blu and Ms. Weiss, Precious must learn how to find a new lease on life, and in the immediate present, find a way to never have to go home and live in a house with her mother ever again.
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Best part of story, including ending:
This is a tough watch, because it depicts so many things that are wildly unpleasant, but it is well acted and well written, with Mo'Nique the real star.
Best scene in story:
The final scene of the film, in which Precious' mother describes the first time she saw Precious' father abusing her sexually, is brilliantly acted and heart-breaking.
Opinion about the main character:
Usually when a character has been dealt a tough hand in the movies, it's something relatively light. One can't help but feel for Precious, who is dealt the toughest hand imaginable.