Gabourey Sidibe is heartbreaking as Precious, an overweight, abused girl living in Harlem with her terrifying mother (Mo’Nique, playing perhaps the most miserable movie character of this past year). Precious has one child, with another one on the way after being raped by her father; her home life is a living hell. She is enrolled in an alternative school where the help of a caring teacher (Paula Patton) helps Precious put things in perspective and get her life on track. A nearly unrecognizable Mariah Carey plays a welfare worker, and she uses her screen time well. Sidibe gives what can only be described as a brave performance as the title character; it’s a natural and sometimes even funny piece of work. But Mo’Nique, playing evil incarnate, is the major reason to see this film. Expect her to get an Oscar nomination.
Director: Lee Daniels
Producer: Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness, Lisa Cortes and Tom Heller
Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd and Xosha Roquemore