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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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Jillian Cartwright
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William Cartwright
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Pam
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Christopher
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Robin (as Kaira Whitehead)
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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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There are the ties that bind. There are the mistakes we make. And there are secrets that might destroy us.... See more »

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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$37,019,849 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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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: William, meet Ms. Abigail Dexter. She thinks she can take this company global.
William Cartwright: I thought you were considering me for that position.
Charlotte Cartwright: Why on Earth would you think that?
William Cartwright: Because I'm your son.
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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Shake That Thing
Written by Charlie 'Papa' Jackson (as "Papa" Charlie Jackson)
Performed by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Preservation Hall Recordings/North Star Media
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Great film...which is rated way below here why???
20 August 2009 | by (Noneyobusiness) – See all my reviews

For some reason, I think that people, their sickening racial prejudices or whatever have influenced a lot of the votes on Tyler Perry's work.

I've worked in independent film and am a writer and honestly, just discovered his work and have watched four or five of his films this week and I really think some jealousy for a young talented black man is going on because none of these films have reached the level of the garbage that usually elicits these number through these pages.

Not all his stuff is meant to be taken seriously, but this work for example is and has a great ensemble cast and it worked beautifully.

I don't understand the vote, but this was well done, technically perfect, and tender and ruthless and quite perfect in this film maker's views.

Bravo Tyler...keep 'em coming.

One thing that made me avoid these is they always emblazoned everything Tyler, but he deserves some credit...and the likes of Bates and Woodward, these guys are academy award winning and level actresses. They don't just work with anybody.

He wrote it. He produced it. He directed it. He played a bit part. What do you want to give the man no credit as if he had nothing to do with the film?

His stage plays have done over $75 million in sales across America and didn't need some gimmick like Cats, and this is a self made man basically. He wasn't born with some silver spoon in his mouth and eventually, as he does more drama, he's going to get an Academy Award in his life time at this rate.


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