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Precious Will Finally Play Here this Weekend; I'm Not Sure What to Do

Precious_movie_poster If you've spent much time reading movie news on the internet this past year, there is no way that you could have avoided hearing about Precious, the sleeper hit that seemed to come out of nowhere, and has dumped tons of Oscar buzz on stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, and Mariah Carey.


Precious_movie_poster I anxiously awaited the film's release near me, but since I'm not in a key market or whatever, Precious won't start playing here in Pittsburgh until this weekend, two weeks after its initial release.

I read Push, the book that inspired Precious, this summer on my way home from a quick trip to Baltimore. A friend gave it to me, saying that it was amazing but that there was no way she was going to read it again. It took me only a few hours to get through all 192 pages, with a few breaks to collect myself because what I was reading was so heartbreaking.

When I heard about the film adaptation, I was initially excited. Everything pointed to it being an extraordinary piece of cinema, from the writing, to the story, to the performances. But now that I will actually have a chance to see it, I'm not sure that I want to.

Much for the same reason that I don't think I'll be able to bring myself to see The Road, Precious will sink me even further into depression. Despite it's rather hopeful nature in the face of life experiences, the most horrific detail of which is how little fiction is involved, I just don't think I will be able to sit and watch. I'm at a point where my parental insecurity is at an all-time high, and to be entertained by the fact that there are people who are doing so much worse than me at the gig and who are facing challenges that are so much more insurmountable than my own, somehow doesn't feel good.

I don't know. I think I'll probably go see it just to be supportive. Or perhaps buy a ticket on Fandango just so they get my financial support. I do urge you to consider seeing it, as it is likely the best movie of the Oscar season.









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Adventures In Babywearing

I've been wanting to see this but it's not by us yet. I haven't read the book, though.

Steph

Snarky Amber

I absolutely can't watch movies like this, so I'm going to see New Moon, because sparkly vampires and hunky werewolves don't trigger my PTSD.

I suck. I'll go sit in my corner.

cindy w

Um, I don't think I'm going to be able to watch this one either. Maybe when it's on DVD and I can pause it and get up to walk away when it gets too intense and then come back later. MAYBE. But I don't know.

Rhonda

Wow I feel a little shallow about my coveted New Moon tics now.

I do want to see this - looks incredible.

ahmielyn

I'm not so sure my heart is big enough to watch that movie.

Redneck Mommy

My life is too full of reality to sit through the brutal heartbreak of another. I freely admit to using my movie money for movies that won't send me hovering in a corner, sobbing my eyes out. Movies like Zombieland and anything with John Wayne in it are much more my speed.

That said, I'll probably rent it one night, get rip roaring drunk on peppermint schnapps and then tweet about the experience as I go.

Nothing like abusing liquor and social media to help heal the broken heart that will likely follow after watching Precious.

d

I saw it last Friday. It IS heartbreaking. But the most shocking/disturbing thing for me was that most of the audience reacted to several horrific/shocking scenes with laughter! My mom and I are still talking about why they would respond that way.

Katie

I just can't watch this genre: raw & painful. The torture of seeing it, and then the after torture of thinking about it, is not good for my depression or anxiety. I know there are people suffering everywhere. All of the time. These movies are good for people who need to be reminded of that (who probably won't see it), and those who can stomach 2 hours of beat down for an ounce of redemption. You couldn't pay me to watch Precious, but I hope others will pay to see it, because I do think it should be supported.

BaltimoreGal

This is a movie I can only watch as a rental, and only in the right frame of mind. I'm not there right now but maybe I will be when it comes out.

Maggie

I saw this movie at Sundance last January. I had no idea the effect the movie would have on me. It was so heart breaking to watch and it left an impression so great on me that I couldn't stop thinking about what I had seen for a few days. I definitely think that these actors and the people behind the cameras deserve awards for this show. Lenny Kravitz is unbelievable, and unrecognizable--as is Mo'nique, and Mariah Carey. The main character is AMAZING, and I am so happy that she is in this role, because face it, there won't be alot of roles out there to showcase her talents, simply because of her looks. There were times that this movie was so horrific, I had to look away. But there is something about the human spirit and seeing that people who struggle to get any type of success/education/improve quality of life...it's a movie that makes you realize that a heart of a good person is the same no matter your background or social status. Bravo to this movie, and I hope people watch it. I hate to cry in movies, and refuse to see shows like "The Blind Side" or other tear-jerkers, the difference is that this movie is thought provoking and life-changing.

missbanshee

the trailer makes my heart hurt. I don't think I have the balls to see the whole movie. I suck.

indycitygirl

I had the honor of seeing this a few weeks ago at the Savannah Film Festival .I have a semi famous friend(well she is here in Savannah and no its not Paula Deen)and she asked me to go with her as hubby said no frackin way so off I went.This movie has left such a mark on my heart and soul.It is raw,happy,fearful,scary,heartrendering,and so forth.It will win many awards but isnt for the faint of heart.It has really stuck with me but I cant watch it again




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