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Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (2008)

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Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, ... | KATHY BATES AND ALFRE WOODARD
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KATHY BATES AND ALFRE WOODARD

Details Release Date: Sep 12, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 111 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

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

Originally posted Aug 13, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints