Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, ...
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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

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
  • Movie
  • 111 minutes
  • Tyler Perry