Guzman 1 Priscilla Guzman Introduction to Social Work March 26, 2013 Reaction to the Movie Precious The reality some of the things that happen in this world and the people that get away with it is disgusting. The storyline in the movie Precious is based on a true story and the fact that so many people let things like this and allowed it to happen is horrendous. The main character Clareece Jones more commonly known as Precious, was abused physically, mentally and emotionally and many people where aware of the things going on in her life but it took a while for anyone to do anything about this. She went home every day, practically a slave to a mother and did anything and everything for her no matter what it was. If she did not do the things her mother Mary asked her, she would be beat, or have things thrown at her or even forced to eat food she did not want. In many ways this young sixteen year old girl was abused and it took for her child to be in jeopardy in order for someone to step up and help her. One of the Social Workers that worked for Child Protective Services was sent to Precious’s home to see if everything was okay with the baby and how things were adjusting. This woman was only coming so that she can sign off that precious may get her welfare check. This Social Work should not even be able to call herself a Social Worker because she did not do a very good inspection of their living situations, the child’s safety and clearly did not catch the information given by the grandma mother; Mary seemed to be made up and unsure. According to the CSWE Accreditation Standards this Social Worker violated many standards. Engagement with the client is crucial if you do not engage then how will you know that there is a problem.
Published by The Massie Twins
Release Date: November 20th, 2009 MPAA Rating: R
Director: Lee Daniels Actors: Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Gabourey Sidibe, Sherri Shepherd
recious” boasts several of the most outstanding performances of the year, along with a relentlessly taxing plot and disquietingly unforgettable imagery. Despite plenty of depressing tragedy, the story of uncommon perseverance, rare kindness, and strong, unbending wills leads the way for the most moving, heartrending, and emotional drama in quite some time. It’s a triumphant effort that will certainly garner Oscar attention.
The film is narrated by Clareece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), an overweight 16-year-old girl living in Harlem in 1987. It’s a poor, dirty, crime and drug-riddled area – none of which affects Precious as much as the constant mistreatment she receives at the hands of her brutally vile mother Mary (Mo’Nique). Clareece is treated as a slave, fixing food, washing dishes, and tending to her wretched master as the worthless woman smokes, watches TV, and collects welfare. At school, Precious tries hard to blend into the background; she dreams of being normal, starring in BET videos, gracing the covers of magazines, and sporting an arm-candy boyfriend.
After the school learns of her second pregnancy, both having been caused by sexual assaults from her father (“Am I in trouble?” she asks when confronted by the principal and asked about her thoughts on the situation), she’s transferred to the alternative school “Each One Teach One.” Here she meets Ms. Blu Rain (Paula Patton), a teacher who won’t give up on Precious’ illiteracy, coaching her to stay in school through one obstacle after another. Although Rain can’t completely connect with the hardships of Precious’ life (similarly, social worker Mrs. Weiss, played by Mariah Carey, isn’t quite up to the challenge of hearing about Precious being kicked in the head by her mother while giving birth on the floor), she refuses to let constant misfortunes get in the way of hope.
Perhaps the most affecting element of the film is Precious’ refusal to demand sympathy. Plenty of moments are designed to break the heart, but Precious never once asks for help or pity. Even when she comments that others view her as “ugly black grease to be wiped away,” or that she frequently looks up to watch for a falling piano, or when suicidal thoughts cross her mind, she maintains a sense of awareness. A consciousness about her position, an acknowledgement of the potential for a brighter future, and even a hint of humor surfaces among the striking words of her narration. As things go from bad to worse, there’s a purpose to the adversity, a message about determination, and a necessity to push beyond unimaginable limits. Clareece is one of the strongest of any female character in film.
The fade-to-black scene changes grow tiresome, but the poignancy of every misfortune and every breakthrough never falters. It’s not an easy film to watch, with horrifying imagery of severe child abuse, topped by Mo’Nique’s award-worthy final monologue of further unspeakable atrocities, but it’s rewarding nonetheless. It’s dark, tear-jerking, and heavy-hitting, but no other drama this year has had such a powerfully edifying, lasting potency.
– Mike Massie