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2009 (Lee Daniels) 14A, 109 minutes

Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd

Lee Daniels’ harrowing urban character study of an inner city overweight black teenager who strives to overcome her lifetime of socio-economic despair is worth all its acclaim. Daniels brings to life the gritty urban decay of inner city welfare existence with earth shattering fury. Fresh faced Gabourey Sidibe holds the picture down and roots it in real world authenticity and Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz also provide genuine and sincere performances. But it’s Mo’Nique, channeling incendiary anger and rage for much of the picture as Precious’ oppressive mother, who startles us at the end with a remarkably profound confession, elevating her performance to astonishing levels.

Alan Bacchus

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