Family That Preys Together (2008)
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Business is Like Family. Keep Your Affairs in Order.
|Wealthy socialite charlotte and her dear friend alice, a working class woman of high ideals, have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many years. Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult children's extramarital affairs and unethical business practices threaten to derail all their lives.|
"Defiantly old-school, undeniably entertaining...a shiny, two-timing throwback to 1950s melodramas like Giant. Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Thanks to some first-rate acting from its stars, it ranks among Perry's best. Ken Fox, TV Guide
"It has Tyler Perry's trademark trio: sincerity, spirituality, and story. Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"A smart, satisfying movie experience. New York Daily News
Editor's NoteTyler Perry (MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION) delivers another of his deliciously soapy tales of loyalty, betrayal, passion, and redemption amongst African Americans, this time playing across two Atlanta families, one of whom is white. Kathy Bates co-stars as southern business clan matriarch Charlotte Cartwright, whose lifelong friendship with Alice Pratt (Alfre Woodard) has led to prosperity for both their families. But Charlotte's evil son, William (Cole Hauser), is getting mixed up with Alice's unscrupulous daughter, Andrea (Sanaa Lathan), while her husband (Rockmond Dunbar) stays willingly blind in order to get William's help with his construction business. Perry himself plays the good son-in-law struggling with good wife Pam (Taraji P. Henson) to avoid going down with the ship as resulting skeleton-packed closets explode all over Atlanta. Played out in Perry's patented blend of tearful pathos, sexy snarkiness, moral uplift, and sly humor, this feels culled straight from the pages of a juicy beach novel, in the best of ways. The acting is uniformly ripe, with Hauser brilliantly sleazy, Lathan enjoyably difficult, and lots of old-fashioned "you go girl" charm and grace from veteran thespians Bates and Woodard, who go on an old-school road trip to work things out. The neo-soul soundrack includes songs from Jill Scott and Janet Jackson.
Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys - DVD Review
By: Emily McDonald Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/18/2009 6:45 PM
|The Family That Preys is at best a guilty pleasure. It is not the type that will leave you feeling good, but it could be the kind that leaves you in tears. One would not be able to watch this movie on a girls-night-in, laugh with her friends and feel better afterward. It has the texture of a soap opera with prostheletization on goodness and Jesus threaded through it. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Taraji P. Henson|
|Toyomichi Kurita - Director of Photography|
|Aaron Zigman - Composer|
|Reuben Cannon - Producer|
|Tyler Perry - Producer|
|Tyler Perry - Screenwriter|
|Tyler Perry - Director|