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Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Message-heavy dramedy features fine performances.

Movie PG-13 2008 111 minutes
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Another Great Tyler Perry Movie

Great movie---although I do miss Madea!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Perry's films have a loyal audience, but this one is a step above his prior work and could expand his audience to viewers who weren't already interested in his Madea comedies. By splitting the story in two -- the rock-steady friendship between Charlotte and Alice, versus their children's destructive entanglements -- Perry lightens the predictable melodrama of the younger generation with the matriarchs' trip of a lifetime in The Family That Preys.

It's a tribute to Perry's reputation that despite lukewarm reviews, his films have successfully attracted more and more top-notch ensembles. Bates and Woodard have a natural rhythm as best friends. Lathan, who's incredibly talented, is perfect as an educated social climber who can't stand her husband or family. She and Woodard have mastered playing mother and daughter (this is their third time) so well that they should be cast as a team. All of the finely crafted performances outshine Perry's overly obvious "lessons" and clichéd plot devices. (Though if you hold on through the end credits, you'll be treated to Gladys Knight's excellent rendition of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," the soundtrack's most significant anthem.)

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 12, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: January 12, 2009
  • Cast: Alfre Woodard , Kathy Bates , Sanaa Lathan
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 111 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic material, sexual references and brief violence.
  • Last updated: November 29, 2023

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