Push – Review

Posted January 23, 2009 in
Director: Lee Daniels

The film adaptation of Sapphire's Push is a stunning and phenomenal story of racism, poverty, education, growing up, and love told through the heartwrenching tale of Precious Jones, a black teenager in Harlem pregnant by her father for the second time, illiterate, and destined to a miserable fate at the hands of her wretched, jealous mother. Acting performances in this film scream Oscar-caliber from the get go - the tears from the audience were streaming not from sappy melodrama but from real life struggle and desperation. By the end of the film, everyone was on an emotional tipping point, seconds from bursting into tears. When director Lee Daniels took to the stage, he was greeted by an overwhelming standing ovation.

I can't say enough great things about this film - the frustrations are so real and the scenario so hopeless it is as sad as it is frightening. The film effectively paints a picture of a Harlem in which the public schools barely function and children are allowed to go progress without even learning to read. Though the subject of education plays a major role in the film, the core subject of the film is belonging, family, and love at all costs. Anyone who has ever doubted their family stability or upbringing or taken their family for granted should watch this film. It is inspiring beyond words and a testament to human fortitude.

-Ryan Powers