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The Family That Preys (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 September 2008 (USA)
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Two families from different walks of life learn to work together.

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Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Alice Pratt
Sanaa Lathan ... Andrea
Rockmond Dunbar ... Chris
KaDee Strickland ... Jillian Cartwright
Cole Hauser ... William Cartwright
Taraji P. Henson ... Pam
Robin Givens ... Abby
Tyler Perry ... Ben
Kathy Bates ... Charlotte Cartwright
Sebastian Siegel ... Nick
Santana Pruitt Santana Pruitt ... Christopher
Kaira Akita ... Robin (as Kaira Whitehead)
Ron Clinton Smith ... Construction Foreman
Jeffrey Alan Chase ... Austin
Johnell J. Easter Johnell J. Easter ... Customer
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Storyline

Alice Pratt, a hard working Christian woman, raised her two daughters while managing a simple diner of her own. Her snobbish and arrogant daughter Andrea graduated in Economic Science and works in a construction corporation while her sister Pam stayed with Alice and worked in the diner. Andrea is married to construction worker Chris, who works in the same corporation as his wife but dreams of starting up his own business. However she is being unfaithful to him - with their boss William Cartwright. William is the son of Alice's best friend, the wealthy Charlotte Cartwright. While Alice travels with Charlotte on a road trip, the ambition and infidelity of William triggers a series of events that will affect relationships in both families. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Follow your heart. But watch your back. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual references and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,381,218, 14 September 2008

Gross USA:

$37,105,289

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,105,289
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Alfre Woodard & Sanaa Lathan - who played mother & daughter respectively in this film - also played a mom/daughter duo in "Love & Basketball". See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, it is Andrea's & Chris's wedding day. During the reception Andrea as a conversation with William about still having 5 mo. left of school before she completes her degree. He offers his business card with a possible position with the company. The next scene cuts to 4 years later, where Andrea's & Chris's (or Williams) son is running into the diner, who clearly looks more than 4 years old. See more »

Quotes

William Cartwright: [Approaching Andrea and Chris] Is something wrong with the site?
Andrea: No, Mr. Cartwright. This gentleman was just leaving.
Chris: [Shaking William's hand] Hey, Mr. Cartwright. Chris. Andrea's husband.
William Cartwright: It's been a long time.
Chris: Yeah.
Abby: [Shaking Chris's hand] Oh, hi. I'm Abigail Dexter. Andrea, you never told me you were married.
Andrea: [Smiles uncomfortably at Abby]
Abby: So, I guess we'll be seeing you at the gala?
William Cartwright: Um, gala?
Abby: The opening of the Prestige building?
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Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Closer Walk With Thee (Traditional)
Arranged by Jay Weigel
Performed by Quartet All-Stars
Published by Melpomene Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Carondelet Music Group
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Seriously good, watch it before you rate it, please
15 September 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see The Family that Preys this weekend, this is my second Tyler Perry movie, to be honest from what I've seen, I think I may check out his other movies, because I do like what I've seen so far. The Family that Preys is seriously one of the better films I've seen so far in September, it's an honest drama that keeps your attention, it was also very touching. In some ways this was the female version of The Bucket List, even as it was hard to watch, it was still an incredibly moving movie. The chemistry between Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard was just dead on and you really believed in their friendship. I also loved the side story between the two sisters and their husbands, one sister who is rich and spoiled with a good husband who is in major denial about what his wife really is, the other sister who wishes for her husband to keep his head up and live his dream. Tyler Perry pulls in a good family story that will have you smiling at the end.

Alice and Charlotte are best friends, Charlotte is a rich business woman who's son wants to take over her company, she's rooting for a different C.O.O. that she hand picks, Abby, who is a strong woman who is working her way to the top. Alice is a struggling woman who Charlotte asks if they can go on a road trip together, she agrees, they go across country enjoying the last bits of life. But what they don't realize is that at home Alice's daughter, Andrea, is sleeping her way to the top behind her loving husband's back, her other daughter is begging for her husband to live his dreams, and Charlotte's son is just a sleaze who will step on anyone to get to the top.

The Family that Preys is seriously a very good movie, it will not disappoint you. I'm really disappointed in a lot of these ratings. I believe there are some users lately who don't even see the movie, they just rate it a low number just because they don't like who's the star or whoever is making the film, please, you have to trust me on this film, it's a little treasure and a very strong film that will remind you to not take life for granted, stay strong, and remain proud of who you are. The script had extremely well written lines and I loved the representation of the hardship of being a woman trying to compete in a man's working world, not to sound horrible, but I imagine that's even harder for an African American woman and this movie just inspires you that it is possible to stay strong and work hard, keep the faith, and good things will come to you. This is a fantastic movie, I highly recommend it.

8/10


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