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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jillian Cartwright
William Cartwright
Santana Pruitt ...
Robin (as Kaira Whitehead)
Construction Foreman
Jeffrey Alan Chase ...
Johnell J. Easter ...


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

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12 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys  »

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$17,381,218 (USA) (12 September 2008)


$37,019,849 (USA) (17 October 2008)

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Tyler Perry's character works in the construction business. In real-life, Perry actually was a construction worker before hitting it big in movies and plays. See more »


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. See more »


Alice Pratt: What you're up to now is only going to lead to disaster.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


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Written by Ruthie Foster
Performed by Ruthie Foster
Published by Buckpony Publishing (BMI)
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Seriously good, watch it before you rate it, please
15 September 2008 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See 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.


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