A friend of mine said, in response to my previous post, that a movie like 'Precious' is meant to bridge the gap when you can't empathize with situations or characters such as those portrayed in the movie "Precious".
Though that is not your life, you are given some insight and knowledge for how those people might feel and react in such scenarios- and can then appreciate their point of view.
So it's okay if I don't empathize- that's the job of the movie.
I appreciate that. (And coincidentally it's the same friend who doesn't go to see movies with a hard luck tale... funny that!).