Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

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Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Two families, two legends; Preying in the big easy; Casting the family; Delving into the diner; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

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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: 11/23/2010
  • UPC: 031398127567
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 38,207

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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    $$$ Money, Power, Respect, Do You Have Them?

    "The Family That Preys," starring Alfre Woodard, Kathy Bates, Sanaa Lathan, Rockmond Dunbar, Kadee Strickland, Cole Hauser, Taraji P. Henson, Robin Givens, and Tyler Perry is rated PG-13 due to the sexual references, violence, and thematic material, yet it is a quality DVD. Some people control others through $$$ money, power over them, or disrespect of them. This was a well-developed storyline with a great script and background. The truth will be revealed as you get to "know" each character. Learn what motivates people to "prey" on others and what it will cost as you observe the characters of this movie. You will learn about friendship between matriarchs and take a "trip" to the strip club. A great storyline and music plus adult themes made this a DVD for adults, and the movie deals with adult situations. And you learn that your family could bite you in the behind and/or back. One of the lessons you might learn is to be careful of who you "prey" on because it might cause you to have to pray. The title of this movie is truly revealing, and the movie has some real twists and turns to it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Tyler Perry movie

    Of all the Tyler Perry movies I have seen, this is definitely one of my favorites. Any role that Alfre Woodard acts/plays in has been no disappointment. She and Kathy Bates are wonderful - strong actresses. The two families are going astray and are on the verge of falling apart due to an extramarital affair between Bates' son and Woodard's daughter. It is up to Bates and Woodard to pull things back together for the sake of their many years of friendship. They decide to go on a vacation to reflect and sort out the mess that has happened. Great movie and great cast.

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