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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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In every family, there is good. And there is bad.... See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,019,849, 17 October 2008
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Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third movie in which Alfre Woodard & Sanaa Lathan play mother & daughter: 1) Love & Basketball 2) Something New 3) The Family that Preys 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

Charlotte Cartwright: My family has been known to prey on the weak.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

When Will I?
Written by Dan Tyler
Performed by Candi Staton
Published by Mota Music (ASCAP) c/o Intuit Music Group
Courtesy of Honest Jon's Records
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Viewers grounded in the Southern experience will have special insight
16 September 2008 | by AfrispecSee all my reviews

I saw this movie last night, and found it entertaining, with great acting, and intriguing twists. Perry's movies get better and better. Most of his early work, I did not take very seriously, and did not pay to see in theaters. I thought "Why Did I Get Married" was his best. The Family That Preys, in my opinion ties with it. I think southerners, with insider's knowledge of complicated relationships between Blacks and Whites, (especially between wealthy Whites and the people who work for them), viewers familiar with Faulkner's work, family stories passed down from generation to generation will walk away with a special, "ah ha" that reminds me of so and so and "miss" so and so...moment.

So often family secrets cross color lines, friendship and loyalty have a unique southern flavor. Proximity to the powerful often holds special dangers and temptations. I think most memorable are the strong women who in their unique southern style, play for keeps while holding their heads up, cursing while wearing hats and gloves, in ladylike form. If you've ever lived in the South, you know what I'm talking about. Southern Belles, matriarchs, supportive wives--who have a manipulative, strategic side--are so often the real backbone of the family.

Am I the only one who noticed (thankfully) the absence of the "N" word, or similarly distasteful references? The audience knew why Alfre Woodard's character said, "He won't marry you", without any reference to race.


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