Precious is 16, soon to have her 2nd child, lives with an abusive mother, and gets dismissed from her school due to her pregnant condition. Her principal arranges for Precious to attend alternative school in the Each One Teach One program in hopes of encouraging Precious to attain her G.E.D. Think it can't get any worse for Precious? The rest of the film weaves through Precious in her new learning environment, slowly learning and expanding her worldview. She is encouraged to write about her feelings and her struggles by her teacher, Ms. Rains, while also dealing with her home life and the birth of her second child. Mo'Nique's performance as Precious's mother is solid work (might even be worthy of a Best Supporting Actress nomination). Newcomer Gabby Sidibe as Precious is also a winning performance, as a lot of the film is in Precious's first person thoughts via voiceovers and fantasies, and she has to carry the film throughout to showcase her life filled with struggle and growth. Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, even Mariah Carey round out a solid supporting cast. Director Lee Daniels uses some nifty transitions from Precious's life and fantasy segments that never seems over-the-top or gratuitous, remaining reflective of Precious inner monologue to propel the story along. I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.