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Many people have read the book "Push" by Sapphire, and as is usually the case with films based on novels, people are wary about whether they should check out the film. Some are calling the concept and theme of Precious "old" are saying that it "has been done before" based on the character played by Paula Patton (i.e. the teacher who truly cares coming in to save the day a la Michelle Pfifer's Dangerous Minds). Others are saying that it is a movie that must be supported and seen in the theaters because it shines light on mental illness, molestation and abuse.
Mo'Nique talks about the film in a great article by blogger Eric Kohn and talks about why Precious (which was still named after the novel at the time of the Sundance Festival) is a must see movie that should not be typecast because of its predominantly black cast:
"When you say, “It’s a black movie,” what makes it a black movie? Because we are all black people? When have you ever said, “It’s a white movie”? It’s just a movie. The moment we stop making that separation, it becomes a movie and the people just happen to be black, but it is so universal."- Mo'Nique