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Movie Review: Precious

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There was a time, not long ago, when the early hours of Sunday night meant only one thing: Mo'Nique. Yes, when that supremely confident "big girl" hosted Showtime at The Apollo, a good time was had by all. You could be sure that the audience would be left in stitches, and by the end of the show, anyone who wanted could come on stage to do the Electric Slide with her.

Oh sure, I could have followed her acting exploits. I could have enjoyed her as an airport screener in Soul Plane, or on the sitcom The Parkers. But I couldn't get into Mo'Nique's acting. There was just something off about those performances.

This week sees the release of Precious, another Harlem-based production. Except this one's a drama. And instead of the jolly hostess, Mo'Nique plays the vicious, abusive mother of the title character, a trod-upon, illiterate teen mother who only wants to be loved. Mo'Nique's acting chops are very much up to snuff now. But there are many more reasons to see this movie.