The Family That Preys

September 12th, 2008


The Family That Preys

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Still of Alfre Woodard, Taraji P. Henson and Tyler Perry in The Family That PreysStill of Kathy Bates and Robin Givens in The Family That PreysStill of Sanaa Lathan, Rockmond Dunbar and Cole Hauser in The Family That PreysStill of Alfre Woodard and Sebastian Siegel in The Family That PreysStill of Tyler Perry in The Family That PreysStill of KaDee Strickland in The Family That Preys

Two families from different walks of life learn to work together.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 4.2/10 (3,870 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Tyler Perry

Stars: Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan

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.

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 - Christopher
Kaira Akita - Robin (as Kaira Whitehead)
Ron Clinton Smith - Construction Foreman
Jeffrey Alan Chase - Austin
Johnell J. Easter - Customer

Taglines: In every family, there is good. And there is bad....


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 12 September 2008

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Opening Weekend: $17,381,218 (USA) (14 September 2008) (2070 Screens)

Gross: $36,405,889 (USA) (12 October 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Continuity: In the scene where William breaks up with Andrea, it switches between two different camera shots as they are speaking. In one camera shot, Andrea's hands are on William's shoulders, and in the other, they are not.

Charlotte Cartwright: [waking up from a hangover] ugh
Alice Pratt: good morning!
Charlotte Cartwright: where are we at?
Alice Pratt: You said go west... we goin west.

User Review

Seriously good, watch it before you rate it, please

Rating: 8/10

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.



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