‘Precious’ teaser poster and trailer

Posted by · 10:35 am · May 13th, 2009

If you’re wondering, “What the heck is ‘Precious,'” allow me to remind you that the Sundance sensation “Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire” was re-titled in the wake of that silly effects movie, also called “Push,” earlier in the year.  As Cannes starts to heat up, perhaps bringing a host of awards contenders into the picture, Lionsgate has smartly decided to remind us all of this little Oscar hopeful by unleashing a stunning new teaser poster and the first trailer for the film.

The poster is immediately reminiscent of the work of designer Saul Bass, and though you wouldn’t expect an image that seems to be marketing a thriller to work so well, it somehow pulls it off:


The trailer, meanwhile, does a fine job of selling the film without falling into the trap of marketing to urban audiences with too heavy a hand. It clearly showcases what looks to be a star-making performance from Gabourey Sidibe and, of course, Mo’Nique, a frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress recognition since January.

The trailer premiered exclusively on the official websites of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, each of them supporting the film’s distribution.  Additionally, it seems the film’s official title is now “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”  Too much.  Stick with “Precious.”

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  • 1 5-13-2009 at 10:57 am

    kmoore8435 said...

    The trailer is good, but again, like most recent trailers, gives waaaaaay too much away.

    Can’t wait to see the movie though.

  • 2 5-13-2009 at 11:38 am

    red_wine said...

    The poster is superb!

    I vaguely remember reading everywhere the Sundance Sensation Push and them remember googling it and being directed to a Dakota Fanning movie and I was like what? this became a sensation in Sundance? I checked reviews on RT and the critics were making mince-meat of it. This being such a low-profile movie I realized my confusion much later.

    And how come Mo’nique is supporting if she’ s billed first? The Academy didn’t buy that for Winslet either.

  • 3 5-13-2009 at 11:41 am

    JAB said...

    this looks fantastic and devestating, my favorite combo!

  • 4 5-13-2009 at 11:50 am

    Aleksis said...

    I really hope Gabourey Sidibe pulls it out of the bag and gets a nomination. The Academy has a terrible record when it comes to nominating women of colour for Best Actress.

    I love Mo’Nique. She’s a lovely, charismatic woman, from what I’ve seen of her. Unfortunately it already looks like there are some people out to sabotage her buzz because they (quite racist-ly) assume it’s another Jennifer Hudson affair.

    “And how come Mo’nique is supporting if she’ s billed first? The Academy didn’t buy that for Winslet either.”

    She’s the second most central character after Gabourey Sidibe; because it’s Sidibe’s debut they’ve put her at the end with the “and introducing” tag. I assume they’ll push (ha!) for Sidibe in lead and Mo’Nique in supporting if they’ve both delivered successfully.

  • 5 5-13-2009 at 12:32 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I’ve always liked Mo’Nique as a comedian, but she really surprised me in the trailer. I also like what the trailer shows of Gabourney Sidibe. Both of them will at least get Independent spirit award nominations.

    Anyone else surprised that Mariah Carey’ s performance looks passable?

  • 6 5-13-2009 at 12:39 pm

    chad said...

    Great poster. I’m jazzed to see this.

  • 7 5-13-2009 at 1:02 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Tasteful — which is hardly ever associated with Lee Daniels.

  • 8 5-13-2009 at 1:55 pm

    Sandro said...

    This tops my most anticipated movies to see list. I cannot wait to experience Mo’Nique’s performance. I hope she along with Gabourey Sibide will not only deserve Oscar nominations but also score them….CANT WAIT!!

  • 9 5-13-2009 at 2:49 pm

    M.Harris said...

    Looking forward to seeing this film,and the poster is so apropos.

  • 10 5-13-2009 at 3:02 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Love the poster. Who would have thought a film with Mo’nique, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz billed above the title would be generating awards buzz?

    What was wrong with “Push,” by the way? Better title, I think.

  • 11 5-13-2009 at 3:11 pm

    A.J said...

    Google it. Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning, that’s what was wrong with it. Sidibe is young, fat, and black three things the Academy hates.

  • 12 5-13-2009 at 3:37 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ha, funny how I’d forgotten all about the other “Push” already. Go figure.

  • 13 5-13-2009 at 3:39 pm

    M.Harris said...

    I don’t think the academy “hates” those things that you mentioned A.J.And I’m saying this as a man of color.Sure did the academy hate those things in the past…yes.But we have to give credit to where credit is do.The proof is in the pudding with recent wins for…(a not exactly thin but talented Jennifer Hudson.Even though I would have given the award to Rinko Kikuchi.)Also Forrest Whitaker(who also isn’t the most svelte person in the world in or out of character.)There were also other nominations and wins in the last eight to ten years.Sure the lack of recognition still exists.But it is getting better.

  • 14 5-13-2009 at 3:57 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Why is there a hand grabbing her crotch?

  • 15 5-13-2009 at 4:54 pm

    R.J. said...

    This is one of my most anticipated films of the year. I hope it delivers, as a person of color it’s great to see us represented in a film with substance.

  • 16 5-13-2009 at 5:03 pm

    adelutza said...

    Mo’Nique’s role is supporting. I saw the film at Sundance. Very hard to swallow, makes you want to close your eyes.

  • 17 5-13-2009 at 5:23 pm

    jess said...

    Actually I think the Academy has quite a good record when it comes to minorities. Let’s face it, it’s not like there are so many good parts for nin-white actors, although I give you that Pam Grier was badly snubbed for Jackie Brown but it was more because of the genre than her. After all the Academy gave an award to Hattie McDaniel when she couldn’t even attend the premiere without facing protests !

  • 18 5-13-2009 at 5:34 pm

    Jim said...

    The trailer looks great! I didn’t like the “everyone is good at something” (yeah we know, 1000 other characters have said it too) but other than that it looks really good. And I’m happy Mariah has started taking acting more seriously. By the way, is this Monique that famous? I’m not American but shouldn’t I at least have heard of her?

  • 19 5-13-2009 at 6:19 pm

    M.Harris said...

    Good point Jess.And the word “hate” was way to strong of a word for me to repeat .I was trying to defending the Academy.There isn’t a lot of parts for non-white actors this is true.But the academy has had five African-American winners along with thirteen nominees since the 1999 award season.

    You couldn’t count that many nominees and winners combined since Hattie Mcdaniel won her award up until that year.That’s the reason why the last decade was pointed out.

    Now could this be that there’s more(Academy Award worthy…and that’s open to discussion in it’s self as to what is worthy)parts for non-white actors in this last decade…quite possible.

  • 20 5-13-2009 at 8:43 pm

    Rob Scheer said...

    “Why is there a hand grabbing her crotch?”

    Um, are you aware what the film is about…?

  • 21 5-14-2009 at 1:56 am

    Katie said...

    What a devastating poster, this is immediately in my top 5 posters.

    So depressing. Captures the film so perfectly.

  • 22 5-14-2009 at 5:14 am

    Glenn said...

    Speaking English, the film is about a girl who is molested and sexually abused. Hence the hand shattering her body is very apt and quite moving.

    Poster is fabulous, trailer is fantastic, Mo’Nique gearing up for Oscar. I hope she gets Oscar nommed because without it I won’t be able to see the movie without illegal downloading (movies with urban black issues don’t get releases here except for belated direct-to-DVD ones so an Oscar nod will help it get a release certainly).

  • 23 5-14-2009 at 10:45 am

    R.J. said...

    Glenn, where are you from?

  • 24 5-15-2009 at 1:58 am

    Glenn said...


    It’s not just here though, but “urban” movies just don’t do well (generally) outside of America. Not because we’re racist as some people will argue, but because it’s not our culture. Just like foreign movies never do that well in America.

    But this one looks so very good so I hope the same fate doesn’t befall it here as, say, everything else Tyler Perry has been involved in (either direct-to-DVD or no release whatsoever).

  • 25 5-15-2009 at 9:27 pm

    Troy said...

    Great poster, however, I have no interest in seeing this movie.

  • 26 7-01-2009 at 6:11 am

    geha714 said...

    Love the Saul Bass style!

  • 27 11-03-2009 at 8:39 am

    YALE TINDELL said...

    I really am NOT a fan of Tyler Perry Movies. I think his movies are predictable and poorly acted and boring at best. I’m glad that Tyler and Harpo Entertainment came in purely to market this piece of filmwork. Tyler Perry Cheapens movies. HORRIBLE filmmaker. HOWEVER…

    I had high expectations of Precious. This film packed so much punch, it practically leaves you gasping for air. So glad these reviews have not spoiled how much PAIN and EVIL this girl must overcome. It’s horrifying.

    This film is gonna Break american’s soul and by the end of them film, you just want to stand up AND CLAP.

    Standing Ovations for Mariah, Mo’Nique, Lee Daniels, and newcomer, Gabourey Sidibe