A truly emotional & quite remarkable drama about an
abused, overweight & pregnant teenager growing up in Harlem during the late 1980's. Gabourey Sidibe is excellent as the title character, trying to further her education after being
expelled from school whilst being bullied and beaten by her mum back home in the ghetto. There are some scenes which literally make you gasp, but the scenes which pull at the
heartstrings give the movie a bittersweet balance.
Director Lee Daniels gets the very best out of his cast
ensemble, especially the forementioned Sidibe & Mo'Nique, who possibly steals the entire movie as the grotesque, bullying mother. Even Lenny Kravitz & Mariah Carey chip in with a
couple of decent performances. Yes, I said that... Mariah Carey can actually act!