"It is sisters like you that give us all a bad name."
After watching the disasterous Madea Goes to Jail, I had to admit I was more than a little hesitant to watch another Tyler Perry flick.
But I was pleasantly surprised. Tyler Perry's famed Madea character was missing from the flick, but I was intrigued by the incredible cast led by Alfre Woodard, Kathy Bates, Sanaa Lathan, and Academy-award nominee Taraji P. Henson.
In the movie, two families are plagued by their own set of values and devalues--greed, jealously, adultery, among others--and fight to protect themselves from sinking under the pressure of their own sins. Lathan plays a high level exec who succumbs to the challenges of keeping up with the Joneses, and losing her pride in the process. Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard struggle to keep their families from tearing apart. And Taraji P. Henson and her husband, played by Tyler Perry, fight to make a better life for themselves.
Though the movie at times flowed like a soap opera with its dramatic turns and pregnant pauses, it kept your attention. The acting was superb. It was the first time I saw a Tyler Perry flick where it didn't seem like he was trying to bring us to church by telling a sabbath school lesson or offering a sermon. On the contrary, it was well written and it really just flowed. You can relate to each of these characters and find a part of yourselves in each of them. Ultimately, it reminded you of your family--the feuds, the struggles, the jealousy and the joy. It made us think about how we view ourselves and our loved ones.
Check out Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys now on DVD.
My rating: B+