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Charlotte and Alice become forced to reevaluate their lives when one suffers a personal tragedy. Together they share a newfound commitment to self-discovery and search for greater personal fulfillment.
Comedy Drama - This drama is more in line with Tyler Perry's non-Madea films,
meaning less comedic (though there is some comedic scenes) and more
serious. Fans of his work and older women are the target for the
film, which may have more appeal beyond Perry's core of urban
audiences with the inclusion of stars such as Kathy Bates. The
themes of infidelity make the film for an adult audience, not that
kids would have any interest.
Wealthy socialite Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates) and her dear friend Alice Pratt (Alfre Woodard), a working class woman of high ideals, have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many years. Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult children's extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paternity secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all involved. Alice's self-centered newlywed daughter Andrea (Sanaa Lathan) is betraying her trusting husband Chris (Rockmond Dunbar) by engaging in a torrid affair with her boss and mother's best friend's son William (Cole Hauser). While cheating on his wife Jillian (KaDee Strickland) with a string of ongoing dalliances with his mistress Andrea, William's true focus is to replace the COO of his mother's lucrative construction corporation. Meanwhile, Alice's other daughter Pam (Taraji P. Henson), a kind but no nonsense woman married to a hard working construction worker (Tyler Perry), tries to steer the family in a more positive direction.
While paternity secrets, marital infidelity, greed and unsavory business dealings threaten to derail both families, Charlotte and Alice decide to take a breather from it all by making a cross-country road trip in which they rediscover themselves and possibly find a way to save their families from ruin.