I’ve been in a very potty-mouthed mood today. In times like these, I always remember Mo’Nique’s performance in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”. Ain’t nobody gon’ fuck you up like Mary Jones. Mo’Nique is amazing. I’ve practically memorized her lines in this scene by heart. This is where Mary Jones rages out against her daughter, Precious. You can just feel her wrath coming out at you from the screen. It’s amazing how later in the movie she totally breaks down and you see her so vulnerable.
School ain’t gon help none. Take your ass down to the welfare! Who the fuck she think she is? So I guess you think you cute now, right? Oh uppity bitch. You shoulda kept yo fuckin’ mouth shut. Just cuz he gon give you mo’ children than he give me, you think you something fuckin’ special? Fuck you and fuck him!
Precious… Precious! Precious! Get down here bitch!
You brought that white bitch up in my house? You why would you bring that bitch up in here? (I didn’t bring her here.) Well, why the fuck did she ring my buzzer? I can’t hear you, Precious. Since you got so much motherfuckin’ mouth, and you gon bring a bitch up in my house, why would that bitch ring my goddamn buzzer? (I didn’t tell her to come here!)
See, I think right now, you feelin’ like you becomin’ a grown woman. Cuz of that shit you pulled in the kitchen, I shoulda fucked you up. But I let you walk away, and I let you come get yo’self together. But bitch I’mma let you know if you ever pull that shit on me again, that will be your last motherfuckin’ day standing, I promise you that. You gon send a white bitch to my motherfuckin’ buzzer, talkin’ ’bout some higher education? You’re a dummy, bitch! You will never know shit. Don’t nobody want you, don’t nobody need you. You done fucked around and fucked my motherfuckin’ man, and had two motherfuckin’ children, and one of them’s a goddamn animal, runnin’ around lookin’ crazy as a motherfucker.
Bitch, you know what? See, I think you… I think you tryin’ me, I think you really try’na fuck with me, you fuckin’ with my money, and you gon stand up there and look down at me like you a motherfuckin’ woman. I’m gon show you what real women do, bitch. See, you don’t know what real motherfuckin’ women do. Real motherfuckin’ women sacrifice. I shoulda aborted your motherfuckin’ ass, cuz you ain’t shit. I knew it the day the doctors put you in my goddamn hand you wasn’t a goddamn thing, and you have that smirk on your face, bitch? Get it off your fuckin’ face! Now smile about that! Smile about that, you fat bitch!
Bitch, I’m… I’m gonna kill you, bitch!
You really should watch this film if you haven’t done so already. I’ve seen it around 3 or 4 times I think. It’s an amazing story, very heartbreaking, and the performances are brilliant. Even Mariah is convincing, and I’m not just saying that cuz I’m a superfan. Mo’Nique is the star here though. She gave the most powerful performance I’ve seen in a while. Can’t wait to see her Hattie McDaniel film. I’m sure she’ll be amazing there too. Fuckin’ amazing.
PS [added on November 5, 2010]: I uploaded the transcript to Mary Jones’ scene with Miss Weiss and Precious at the welfare office here. That scene is just heartbreaking…