Synopsis: In Harlem, 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, but who she doesn't see otherwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother. Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud (as she doesn't ever look for a job) and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household. To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school. In dealing with the school's sympathetic teacher Miss Blu Rain,
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lee Daniels
Production: Lionsgate Films
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 111 wins & 98 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


My name is Claireece "Precious" Jones.

I wish I had a light-skinned boyfriend

with real nice hair.

And I wanna be on the cover of a magazine.

But first, I wanna be

in one of them BET videos.

Momma said I can't dance.

Plus, she said, who wants

to see my big ass dancing, anyhow?

Well, if there's no volunteers,

then I'm going to have to call people.

Okay, Leticia, you got number one. Leticia!

Jess Wesley, number two.

I like math. I don't say nothing.

I don't open my book, even.

I just sit there.

- You down?

- Number six.

Every day I tell myself

something's gonna happen.

I'm... I'm dead serious.

Like, I'm gonna break through.

Or somebody's gonna break through to me.

I'm gonna be normal

and pay attention,

and sit in the front of the class.

Distributive principles...


...are principles that

you can do in your head.

I like Mr. Wicher.

I pretend he my husband

and we live some place like Westchester.

Look at him. He like me, too, I know it.

I can tell by his eyes.

He always looking at me and smiling at me.

Boys! Boys! Boys!

I'm not your f***ing boy!

You're disrupting the class.

Yeah, well, I'm talking now,

so you listen.

Shut the f*** up! I'm trying to listen!

Mr. Wicher know I got his back.

One twenty-two.

Why are we barking, Jess?

Monday's assignment.

I'm assuming everybody did it.

- No.

- No.

Please... Quiet. Precious, get your things.

I have... Come here for a second.

Now this sh*t.

Is there anybody

who didn't do their homework?

Why? These aren't requests.

These are requirements. Okay?

You have to go to the principal's office.

Go to the principal's office!

All right, that's enough. That's enough.

No, he's not allowed on campus.

Where was he seen?

Could you get Mr. Tork from Room 25,

tell him to go to Room 16 right away?

Thank you.

No. He was seen on the second floor.

Yes. Thank you.

Send Claireece in here!

She's ready for you now.

Mr. Taylor? Ms. Lichenstein.

Come in.

Matthew Williams, second floor.

In front of his locker.

Yes. Suspended last week.


Yes, absolutely. Thank you.

Hello, Claireece.

Are you pregnant?

You're 16. You're still

in junior high school,

and you're pregnant with your second child.

Is that correct, Claireece?

Are you pregnant again?

What happened, Claireece?

I had sex, Ms. Lichenstein.

Do you have any other thoughts

about your situation, Claireece?


Am I in trouble?

Thank you. I gotta get back to math.

Sit down, Claireece. Sit down right now.

We should have a parent-teacher's

conference with you, me and your mother.

My mother's busy.

All right. Well then,

how about if I come to your house?

If I were you, I wouldn't.

I... I'm going to have to suspend you.

That ain't fair! I didn't do nothing!

I do my work!

My grades is good!

Is something going on at home?

If something's going on at home,

I want you to tell me right now.

You get my cigarettes?

No, they didn't have it.

I played the number, though.

I couldn't box it.

Yes. Yeah.

Right there. Yeah. Daddy loves you.

Precious, what did you think of the film?

I thought it was fabulous.

- What's next for you?

- What?

- How are you feeling?

- I feel great!

Just one more, just one more, quick!

I love you, too!

You know I love you!

Hey, boo!

I ain't gonna say it no more.

The door was open, so I let myself in.

Well, there goes my chance

to tell you I'm not home.

Now, Mary, this is important.

Now, come on, Mary,

she'll have a great time.

I'd enroll myself, but I became ineligible

for teen pageants a few days ago.

Yeah, I see your acne's cleared up.

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