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Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys [2008] [PG-13] - 4.4.3



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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The lives of two longtime friends (Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates), from opposite sides of the socioeconomic spectrum, are forever changed when their adult children become involved in extramarital affairs and shady business practices. Also with Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Perry, Rockmond Dunbar, KaDee Strickland, Cole Hauser, Taraji P. Henson and Robin Givens. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman (both married to other people) kiss, and then he kiss her neck and upper chest and caresses her hair; his wife sees them.
 A husband and wife kiss, he kisses her neck, and then tells her he'll meet her upstairs (sex is implied). A husband tries to kiss his wife on the neck and shoulder and she tells him no and walks away. A man and a woman kiss. A husband and wife kiss in a few scenes.
 A man makes a remark about a woman being "busy" on her boss' lap every night. A woman says her husband had affairs and that she had some too. A woman suspects that her husband is having an affair with another woman.
 People in a bar watch bare-chested men dance: some of the dancers approach women and dance suggestively, and the patrons cheer and put money in straps around the dancers' arms. A young woman dancing in a bar wears a short top that reveals bare abdomen, bare back to the hip and bare shoulders. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs throughout the movie.
 A man and a woman dance together in a bar.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A husband punches his wife hard in the face, she is thrown over a counter and we see her face with bruises later. A man punches a man in the face, pushes him down and holds him over a ledge in a tall building (the man is pulled away and the fight ends).
 A woman gathers a number of prescription medications from her medicine cabinet and we hear that she is dead (implying that she took an overdose).
 A woman pleads with a man not to leave, she pounds on the outside of his car, but he speeds away and she collapses on the street.
 Two women (sisters) argue bitterly in many scenes. A mother and son argue in several scenes about the family business. A wife yells at, and is dismissive and insulting to her husband in several scenes. A woman makes a rude remark to a man about his odor. A woman confronts a woman who is having an affair with her husband.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 sexual reference, 1 mild scatological term, 3 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory references to African-Americans and stereotypical roles, name-calling (stupid), 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman gathers a number of prescription medications from her medicine cabinet and we hear that she is dead (implying that she took an overdose). A woman drinks many shots of Tequila at a bar, people drink alcohol at a party and one woman appears drunk, a man drinks from a glass of alcohol, a man drinks a beer, a woman orders a drink and another woman asks for a drink.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, family, privilege, greed, infidelity, Alzheimer's Disease, suicide, dreams, gratitude, faith, trust, abandonment, lying, adventure, respect, secrets, hopes, aspirations, entrepreneurship, women making more money than men in relationships, luck, sins.

MESSAGE - The actions of others can have a significant impact on your own life.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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