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The Boy (2016)

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An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

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Brahms Heelshire
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Emily Cribbs
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Taxi Driver
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Sandy (voice)
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Storyline

Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family's 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta's worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive. Written by STX Entertainment

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, and for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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22 January 2016 (USA)  »

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In a Dark Place  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,778,392, 24 January 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,794,166, 27 March 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,797,684, 4 February 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cast members actually used the doll ("Brahms") to prank each other on the set. On one occasion, one of the cast members propped the doll up outside of the other actor's bathroom in their trailer to scare them. Upon seeing this, they hurled the doll outside of their trailer, and the crew had to repair it, and make a replacement doll. See more »

Goofs

The telephone in the house makes the USA dead tone (blips) rather than the UK dead tone (a continuous tone). See more »

Quotes

Malcolm: Okay, I see that you're... a writer from... Phoenix, Montana. You've come here to be inspired by the English countryside and to get away from the hustle and bustle of your life in the U.S. of A.
Greta Evans: No.
Malcolm: Close.
Greta Evans: Um... not at all. No.
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Connections

Referenced in Babysitting the Boy (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Brahms' Lullaby (Opus 49 No.4)
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Written by Johannes Brahms
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The boy is about a woman getting paid to babysit a doll. The longer she stays at the house the more she uncovers the mystery about the dolls past.
23 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This movie was a lot better than I expected with good acting, good character development, and a good plot. When I first heard about this movie I thought it was going to be anther disappointing horror movie, but instead it was a really surprising and well pacing movie with an amazing twist no one's going to see coming.

The characters in this movie are likable, and smart. Even though I never heard of anyone who acted in this film, I think they did an amazing job delivering, and making the movie more intense and entertaining.

The director does an fantastic job with this movie. Letting the viewers know what's going on though the whole movie. Making scenes very suspenseful and having a good pay off.


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