Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, is the multifaceted story of an overweight, illiterate Harlem teen pregnant with her second child. The film blends fantasy with reality in order to portray the methods Claireece “Precious” Jones uses to deal with abuse and poverty, among other things. The film has the right blend of humor to offset the seriousness, but attempts to tackle a plethora of issues, making it sometimes straddle the line of believability. More after the jump.
When you are white and feel liberal, cultured, and without prejudice, there’s an uncomfortable moment when you look around your circle of friends and see that everyone is the same race as you. It’s not that you are aggressively racist, a closet racist, a passive racist, or even unconsciously prejudiced. It’s just that we tend to group with those who are similar to us and as we grow older, it’s difficult to make new friends. So in a GQ article from last November titled “Will You Be My Black Friend?”, writer Devin Friedman attempted to find a new black friend via his few black friends and Craigslist. It’s a funny but cutting observation about the state of racial relationships in this country. Let’s see…funny and cutting observations about racial relationships…Wouldn’t Chris Rock would be a perfect fit for a film adaptation of this article? Wait, he’s gonna be in it? Sweet. Hit the jump for details.