good content and good acting make for a solid film. the direction left something to be desired and the soundtrack could have done more given the time/place (1987 harlem) and subject matter. sidibe and mo’nique were both really good. mo’nique was actually better in a really unpleasant role. she’ll never have another performance like that again and she’s gotta get some oscar buzz. wasn’t in love with some of the daydream sequences and thought it inconsistent that sometimes precious would imagine herself as white and thin and other times as big and black, but with a nice dress on. had i done the film i would have shown a progression – picturing her ideal self as white and thin early in the film and as just more glamorous later in the film. mariah carey did a good job as a social worker and lenny kravitz was good enough as a male nurse. the teacher (patton) was also good, but there were a couple of overly glossy moments with her.
overall, it’s a well done picture with plenty of heavy content that makes the film what it is.Watched in theater