THE PLOT THUS FAR
Academy Award®-winner Kathy Bates (Lead Actress, Misery, 1990) and Academy Award®-nominee Alfre Woodard (Supporting Actress, Cross Creek, 1983) 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 familiesone upper-crust and the other working classthat 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 childrens extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paternity secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all involved. Alices 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 mothers best friends son William (Cole Hauser). While cheating on his wife Jillian (KaDee Strickland) with a string of ongoing dalliances with his mistress Andrea, Williams true focus is to replace the COO of his mothers lucrative construction corporation. Meanwhile, Alices other daughter Pam (Taraji P. 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 direction. 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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Charlotte and Alice have been friends for ages. Now, they get to embark on a family saga soap opera through Tyler Perry cliches.
The Blu-Ray is a decent special edition for the Tyler Perry universe. You get featurettes and EPK material that shows off Perry’ cross-over outing. What is more impressive is that this disc is really unique for Perry’s hands-off approach. There’s no intrusive commentary and everything really works together to show off the film. It’s just a shame that the film sucks. So, keep that in mind when you’re Netflixing it.
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