Movie Review

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When you think of the word “poverty” or “poor” what comes to mind? Some think of hunger, minorities, dirty areas, women, and homeless people. What about when you hear the term “abuse”? For most people, abuse means physical; getting beat up or hit. Although abuse can mean getting beat up or hit, there is far more that follows. Abuse can take on many forms like physical, emotional or sexual. The film Precious by Lee Daniels, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, encounters not only the obvious sexual abuse but physical and emotional abuse as well. Precious starts off with Claireece Precious Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, at her school in Harlem. She is called to the office because the principal has found out she is pregnant…Again. Kicked out of school, Precious now tries to find an alternative when her principal tells her about “Each One Teach One”, an alternative school. Precious enrolls and goes through a journey with her new teacher, who becomes her closest friend, her newborn son, and her abusive mother. This drama film is brutal, hard-hitting, and very emotional.
The entire film is covered in stereotypes focused on African Americans that vary from stealing to soul food to skin tone. These stereotypes are so raw, they are very easy to pick up and it makes the film so much more powerful and understandable. For example, African Americans are subconsciously linked to soul food. Although soul food is popular in the African-American culture, we tend to skip over the thought of the food and what it actually is and jump to thinking about fried chicken and collard greens. Its sad that by seeing an image of food, race comes to mind. Another stereotype used a lot is ‘light-skinned is more attractive’ or ‘white is more attractive”. Throughout the film, we see Precious’s imaginations of what or where she wants to be. In all of them is cast a light-skinned boy by her side as well as Caucasians. Whether she is at a movie premiere or in a photo shoot, there is always an illusion of her wanting to be like/around the Caucasian race. There is a scene when she is looking at her reflection in the mirror but the reflection is not her; it is a Caucasian lady. These stereotypes are very disadvantaging to the African American race because they are putting out messages that you have to look a certain way to be attractive.
Although this film is disadvantaging to many people, it is also very beneficial. I think people that come from the lower class or an abusive household can really benefit from this film. The main point of this film is to show people that you can achieve anything you want to do no matter what background you come from, and although it might be hard because of economical/ personal issues you are not less of a person than anyone and you can still be successful. I love the idea of success because it doesn’t really have a set definition. You don’t necessarily need money to be/feel successful. You can work at Subway and still be successful while a...

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