The Family That Preys (2008)
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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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.
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.
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.
By far the best thing about the enterprise is Woodard. If she's not in this thing, I think it goes kaput.
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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."
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.
I wasn't a big fan of this one although it played out really well so it gets 3 stars for the great acting, directing, and script even if I didn't enjoy the storyline. The story is filled with themes of friendship, family, extramarital affairs, secrets, lies, manipulation, marriage, and the worship of money. In the end, the ones who are loyal and loving prosper and those who screwed up their loved one's lives get what they deserve. I love happy endings!