Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

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Cast: Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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By this point in the growth of his wildly successful brand, Tyler Perry aspires to reach beyond the African-American audiences that have shown him such loyalty, incorporating prominent white characters into his stories as well. The Family That Preys seems to have attained that idealized racial balance, following the personal and professional commingling of two families with varying stakes in an Atlanta construction business, one white and one black, each far from perfect. But the film's failure to make a hearty mainstream box office, the type that might indicate a true crossover, may have had less to do with the actors' skin colors than with Perry's career-long religious agenda. As Alice (Alfre Woodard) and fellow matriarch Charlotte (Kathy Bates) drive across the country -- that's one of several subplots that comfortably share the screen time -- Perry obsessively trumpets his belief that embracing God and blowing off steam are incompatible pursuits. Drinking is repeatedly frowned upon, and when Charlotte insists on visiting a strip club, Alice douses one of the buxom studs with holy water. That's supposed to be funny, sort of, but easing up on the absolutism might have delivered Perry's message more effectively. The rest of what's here is quite effective, particularly Perry's trademark success delving into why marriages work, or fail to work -- soap operatic as some of it may be. And though he paints in generally broad strokes, his righteous characters do have their flaws; one gentle husband strikes his two-timing wife in a moment of excess frustration. As usual, Perry gets good performances from his actors, the two matriarchs and a no-nonsense Robin Givens in particular. Saving only a single role for himself, Perry earns additional points by leaving his Madea character on the sidelines, refusing to depend on her broad comic appeal as a narrative crutch.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
UPC:
0031398104537
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
8,270

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Featurettes; "Two Families, Two Legends"; "Preying in the Big Easy"; "Casting the Family"; "Delving into the Diner"; Deleted Scenes; ; Closed Caption

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathy Bates Charlotte Cartwright
Alfre Woodard Alice Pratt
Sanaa Lathan Andrea
Tyler Perry Ben
Rockmond Dunbar Chris
KaDee Strickland Jillian
Taraji P. Henson Pam
Cole Hauser William
Robin Givens Abby
Sebastian Siegel Nick

Technical Credits
Tyler Perry Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Roger Bobb Producer
Reuben Cannon Co-producer
Joseph P. Genier Co-producer
Joe Grainger Co-producer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Maysie Hoy Editor
Toyomichi Kurita Cinematographer
Keith G. Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Ina Mayhew Production Designer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Alpha Tyler Casting
Kim Williams Casting
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
1. A Celebration [:00]
2. Wedding Jitters [:00]
3. Everybody's Got a Story [:00]
4. Sisters [:00]
5. Late Night at the Office [:00]
6. Life is Short [:00]
7. Choir Practice [3:38]
8. Why Are You Here? [4:54]
9. Stressed Budget [4:43]
10. Money Matters [3:01]
11. Pretty Day [5:08]
12. Wednesday Appointment [4:25]
13. Work Very Closely [3:21]
14. A Little Bit of Adventure [2:59]
15. A Lot of Excitement [10:16]
16. Spilling Secrets [4:14]
17. Wade in the Water [4:26]
18. Crossing Lines [4:04]
19. Hope You Dance [2:33]
20. Memory Cards [1:54]
21. Starting Anew [4:10]
22. Holding the Cards [2:15]
23. Board Members Vote [4:57]
24. Are You Living? [2:26]

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