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Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys Review Critics


Dave White Profile

...another chapter in the writer-director’s quest to resurrect “the women’s picture.” Read full review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though better than most of Perry's broad comedies, The Family That Preys still suffers from excessive predictability and mawkish sentiment, which detracts from the story's believability.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    All over the place:It's a boardroom/family/couples/road-trip story.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times

    Dude, what made you refuse to screen your film for critics before it opened Friday? I'm betting you would have received an earful of praise for your writing and directing.

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  • 70

    out of 100


    Bates and Woodard strike up a real dynamic, and picture gives the duo room to improvise, leading to one raucous scene after another as they Thelma-and-Louise it in a top-down convertible.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Woodard conveys the rock-solid values of a true Christian without ever falling into sappiness. Bates is enjoyably larger-than-life, as the role requires.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Message-heavy dramedy features fine performances.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like most Tyler Perry movies, this dramedy focuses on mature themes surrounding race, class, marriage, and family. It's considerably less joke-filled than his previous work, and there's very little strong language ("bastard" is the harshest word, and it's only said once). There are two violent scenes, but only one is notably disturbing -- a husband strikes his wife. There are several allusions to an extramarital affair, but only one scene in which the couple embraces/kisses. Otherwise, the sexuality is limited to a few kisses between married couples. Most of the commercialism involves the fancy cars that some of the characters drive.

  • Families can talk about the film's messages. What points does Perry emphasize in his movies? Class doesn't seem to be an issue between wealthy Charlotte and working-class Alice, but in what other relationships are money and entitlement a problem? Nick tells Pam that Alice is a saint. How is she depicted as the movie's most virtuous character? How is her daughter Andrea portrayed? Perry's movies have been compared to morality plays. Do the overt messages to be honest, hardworking, faithful, etc. take away from or add to the film's entertainment value?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The film's messages are clear: Stay loyal to your friends, don't disrespect your family, don't cheat because it always ends badly, and don't give up your dreams. An interracial relationship is depicted negatively, but that's because it's extramarital.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A husband strikes his wife in the face after she insults him and admits to having an affair; he later grabs the other man and holds his body over a ledge. A character purposely overdoses (off screen) on prescription medication.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Couples embrace and kiss, including a man and a woman who are having an affair. The affair is discussed by various characters.

  • language false2

    Language: Fairly mild; language includes "bastard," "piss," and "colored woman" (said jokingly by an African-American woman).

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    Consumerism: Featured brands include Mercedes, Porsche, Coke, and Dasani water. The song "I Hope You Dance" is prominently mentioned in the film, instead of just being on the soundtrack. Oprah Winfrey's roadtrip with her friend Gayle is Charlotte and Alice's inspiration.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters say "I need a drink" or "get me to a bar" a few times; wedding guests drink cocktails; Charlotte gets drunk doing tequila shots and orders mixed drinks on the road trip.