'Precious' trailer: Mo'Nique...potential Oscar nominee?

The trailer for the Sundance favorite Precious has hit the airwaves, and good heavens, it is stunning. Blessed by endorsements from Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, the film is an adaptation of Sapphire’s beloved novel Push (they presumably changed the title to avoid conflict with the year’s other Push movie). The first thing that struck me is Precious actually looks like it’s about something. Namely, a teenage girl (newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) wrestling with pregnancy, economic hardships, and a monstrous mother (Mo’Nique) who berates her every chance she gets. This is a side of America most of us rarely see, especially in the movies.

If I had to make a comparison, I’d say it resembles Half Nelson, the incredible teacher-student drama that won Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination in 2006. Could the stars of Precious be headed to the Kodak as well? I’ve caught wind of grumblings for a nomination for Mo’Nique before, and while it’s ludicrously irrational to make such proclamations based on a two-and-a-half minute trailer, I will confirm she does indeed look amazing. (That scene at 1:35? WOW.) Yes: Mo’Nique. Also known as the former host of VH1’s Charm School. And the star of Soul Plane. And Phat Girlz. While perusing the film’s IMDB page, I had another WTF moment: Both Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are in the movie. Huh?! My curiosity is definitely piqued. Yours? And to anyone who has read the book: Does this look like a faithful adaptation? Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts.

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  • Zed

    Uh Mariah Carey is featured pretty prominently in the trailer. How did you miss that?

  • Vanessa

    Look’s so good!!

  • Tina

    All I can say is Wow. I heard about this film and I thought it sounded depressing. But this is a story that needs to be told. Mariah Carey not “glammed” up is pretty hard to recognize. I’m looking forward to seeing this film.

  • brad

    i think he missed mariah in the promos because she looks slightly different. i wonder if someone who doesn’t know she’s in the movie would even recognize her. but even she seems to be getting her acting on. i can’t wait to see this movie! i love mo’nique and paula patton!

  • john t.

    this looks incredible

  • econruth

    My heart aches and it was just the trailer. The girl who plays Precious is amazing.

  • Lynny

    I work in a high school and I know girls very like Precious. I can’t wait, but it will be emotional for sure.

  • Mimi

    Wow! I’ll definitely be checking for this film when it comes out.

  • Daryle

    Not a Mo’nique fan at all….BUT, she looks like gave an Oscar worthy performance. Great cast…..great debut for Precious actress! Can’t wait

  • harry

    WOW this movie looks great!

  • lin

    I just received word today about this film from Tyler Perry’s email he sends out every now and then. I am shook, I should never have checked out this trailer while at work! I will definitely check go see this movie when it hits theaters in November. I’m going to get the book until then. I sure hope they do a preview screening here in ATL soon. Right now only NY and LA are on the list…

  • Fantasm

    I honestly don’t even care about seeing whatever other movies get nominated for this year’s oscars, I just want Monique to win for the pure audacity of it all. Two years after an American Idol wins an Oscar, the host of Charm School does? Thank you classy brits kate winslet, judy dench and helen miren, we don’t require your presence anymore. Not really, but you know Monique winning an Oscar will be the most emotional moment EVER.

  • t

    Fantastic. Crying at the office. Looks fabeffingulous.
    And I know this is an indie movie, but they couldn’t get a decent wig for Mariah?

  • Captain Canuck

    Mariah is in the clip, how could you miss her? she is the welfare social worker

  • Game Over

    I just saw the trailer on Oprah. As I watched it, I instantly thought about Push (the novel) and when I saw that the movie is based on the book I got chills! I can’t wait for this to hit theaters this fall. If you haven’t read the book, go get it right now. Thanks to all persons invovled in bringing this book to the screen.

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