Alfeo Dixon
EW Staff
September 04, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
111 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/12/08
performer
Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Perry
director
Tyler Perry
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Tyler Perry
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Wearing a dress may have helped teach Perry a few things about what women desire. Directing the talented quartet of Bates, Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, and Taraji P. Henson, the writer-director-actor “kept everybody feeling like [each was] the apple of his eye,” says Woodard, who plays a nurturing working-class mom with a daughter (Lathan) who embarks on an affair with a socialite’s son (Hauser). “I had fresh flowers in my trailer and in my hotel room every three days.” Perry, who costars — in pants, this time — is vying for a wider ? audience with the film, but he hasn’t abandoned Madea-style humor. “It isn’t broad,” says Woodard. “But there are still plenty of those drama-mama moments that make the audience go, ‘Ooooh no, you didn’t!’?”
OUR TWO CENTS Perry has proven again and again that he can open films, and this diverse cast might give Family some new ? followers. 9/12

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