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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Support Black Films: Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys"

The Family That Preys, Tyler Perry's newest cinematic offering, is set to debut around the country on Friday, September 12, 2008. In signature Perry style, the film will expound about the complicated intricacies of family. Perry, who does not allow advance critical reviews of his film, offers this film synopsis for interested viewers:

Academy Award®-winner Kathy Bates and
Academy Award®-nominee Alfre Woodard star as the matriarchs of two very
different families being torn apart by greed and scandal in the
contemporary drama "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys." The sixth
feature film by Perry chronicles the inner workings of two families—one
upper-crust and the other working class—that become inextricably linked
by scandal.

Wealthy socialite Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates) and her dear
friend Alice Pratt (Alfre Woodard), a working class woman of high
ideals, have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many years.
Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult children's
extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paternity
secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all
involved. Alice's self-centered newlywed daughter Andrea (Sanaa Lathan)
is betraying her trusting husband Chris (Rockmond Dunbar) by engaging
in a torrid affair with her boss and mother’s best friend’s son William
(Cole Hauser). While cheating on his wife Jillian (Kadee Strickland)
with a string of ongoing dalliances with his mistress Andrea, William's
true focus is to replace the COO of his mother’s lucrative construction
corporation. Meanwhile, Alice's other daughter Pam (Taraji Henson), a
kind but no nonsense woman married to a hard working construction
worker (Tyler Perry), tries to steer the family in a more positive

While paternity secrets, marital infidelity, greed and unsavory
business dealings threaten to derail both families, Charlotte and Alice
decide to take a breather from it all by making a cross-country road
trip in which they rediscover themselves and possibly find a way to
save their families from ruin in "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys."
(From IMDB via

Also usual, Perry has put together an amazingly talented ensemble cast:

Left To RIght (Alfre Woodard, Kathie Bates, Sanaa Lathan,
Tarji Henson, Rockmond Dunbar, Robin Givens, Cole Hauser)

I've included the trailer and an uncut scene below. As usual I'd like to stress the importance of supporting Black Films. It is an act of advocacy through purhase. Let's make opening night a success.

Interview with Sanaa Lathan

Uncut Scene

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