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The Family That Preys (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys treads the filmmaker's established terrain of family loyalty and moral uprightness, though the occasionally predictable plot slides forward, aided by an excess of soapy melodrama.

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Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates star in writer/director Tyler Perry's family drama about an upper-crust family and their working-class counterparts, who discover that scandal knows no social boundaries. Charlotte Cartwright (Bates) and Alice Pratt (Woodard) may be from different sides of the tracks, yet over the years they've managed to nurture a strong and healthy friendship. That friendship is put to the ultimate test, however, when their adult children begin to act out in ways that neither parent ever saw coming. Alice's daughter Andrea (Sanaa Lathan) is married to a trusting husband named Chris (Rockmond Dunbar), but lately she's been betraying that trust by sleeping with her boss, William (Cole Hauser), who just so happens to be Charlotte's son. William is married to Jillian (KaDee Strickland), and in addition to being unfaithful, he's also scheming to take over the role of COO at his mother's lucrative construction firm. Meanwhile, Alice's other daughter, Pam (Taraji P. Henson), and her husband, Ben (Perry), a faithful family man and construction worker, have both recognized that their family has strayed from the course of righteousness, and become determined to help their loved ones back on the right path. When paternity secrets, shady double dealings, and a series of other scandals become too much for Charlotte and Alice to take, the two women set out on a cross-country trip in order to clear their heads and devise a plan for saving their families. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, sexual references and brief violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tyler Perry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2008
Box Office: $37.0M
Runtime:
Lionsgate - Official Site

Cast

Alfre Woodard
as Alice Pratt
Kathy Bates
as Charlotte Cartwright
KaDee Strickland
as Jillian Cartwright
Cole Hauser
as William Cartwright
Andrew Masset
as Sam Walton
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Critic Reviews for The Family That Preys

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (14)

This snail-paced film might as well take place in the 1950s, since it seems to have been inspired by one those Hollywood melodramas in which one company employs the entire town, and the only places free of corruption are the church and the local diner.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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While it's wonderful to see actresses as shamefully underemployed as Woodard and Bates on the big screen, even they can't make sense of [these] incoherent characters.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

The Family that Preys shows grand advances in the filmmaking education of playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry. It's also his soapiest film yet, an overwrought melodrama of sibling rivalry, infidelity, family business power plays and terminal illness.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
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By far the best thing about the enterprise is Woodard. If she's not in this thing, I think it goes kaput.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Washington Post
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The film takes off when Woodard's and Bates' characters go on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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The movie plays almost exactly like four daily soap episodes stitched together.

Full Review… | September 15, 2008
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Family That Preys

Cast: Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Taraji P. Henson, Cole Hauser, Rockmond Dunbar, Kadee Strickland, Tyler Perry, Robin Givens, Kaira Whitehead, Damien Leake

Director: Tyler Perry

Summary: Tyler Perry writes, directs and co-stars in this poignant dramedy centered on a pair of friends -- wealthy socialite Charlotte (Kathy Bates) and working-class Alice (Alfre Woodard) -- whose families stand to be ripped apart by greed and scandal. To prevent the collapse and save their families, the two mothers take a road trip in a vintage turquoise convertible that carries them both beyond their wildest expectations.

My Thoughts: "I really liked this one. It's much better then the last film of his I saw. Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard were just so great together. You believed these two had been besties for forever. That tender moment in the motel room between Alice and Charlotte was heart breaking. I definitely shedded some tear's in that scene and in a couple of other's. I might be the only one, but I highly doubt it, but I wanted to jump through the screen and smack Andrea. The way she presented herself and how she talked to other's was just so distasteful. I completely understand why Pam is the way she is with her. I couldn't stand by and let one of my sister's disrespect my mother like that either. Any how, great little movie, great acting by all , and a bit of a spiritual one too. This one is different from his other films, perhaps that is the reason I liked it so much. So if you like his films you should enjoy this one, even if it's not similar to the other's he's made."

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Put Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard in a movie together and how can you go wrong?? Can't in my opinion. This is a really good drama. Tyler Perry really seems to have a gift in creating entertaining and memorable movies. This is one of them.

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Cynthia S.

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Too much Family Drama.

ScoopOnline
Wahida K

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The Family That Preys Quotes

Alice Pratt: It's not that I don't trust you: it is your inner thoughts that give me pause.
– Submitted by Sheree L (3 years ago)
Charlotte Cartwright: My family has been known to prey on the weak.
– Submitted by Alyssa G (4 years ago)
Pam: I am tired of her looking down her nose at us... like we didn't live in the same house or the same neighborhood!
Andrea: I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now.
Alice Pratt: This is your sister! When are you two going to act like it?
– Submitted by Alyssa G (4 years ago)
Alice Pratt: I've never seen you drive! Where is Morgan Freeman?
– Submitted by Alyssa G (4 years ago)

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