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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
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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:

Color

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

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 »

Quotes

Pam: I am tired of her looking down her nose at us... like we didn't live in the same house or the same neighborhood!
Andrea: I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now.
Alice Pratt: This is your sister! When are you two going to act like it?
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Connections

References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Funk It Up
Written by Jay Weigel
Performed by Bucktown Stompers
Published by Melpomene Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Carondelet Music Group
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Great film...which is rated way below here why???
20 August 2009 | by dougnoneyobusinessSee 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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