The movie was plastered all over the Academy Awards a few years ago, notably for the performance of its star, Gabourey Sidibe, who was given a best actress nomination in what was her acting debut. Not a bad start, wha'? She plays an overweight, illiterate teenager called Precious, who has endured years of abuse at the hands of her parents. Her life takes an even further downward turn when she discovers she is pregnant and is sent to an institution. However, she meets a teacher there that may just be able to help her turn her life around.