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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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Cole
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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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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,778,392 (USA) (22 January 2016)

Gross:

$35,794,166 (USA) (25 March 2016)
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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 »

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Greta Evans: You wouldn't hurt me, would you, Brahms?
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Referenced in Directing the Boy (2016) See more »

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Written and performed by Zach Broocke
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Not very good
6 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Boy is a story about an American babysitter who takes a job in England for an old couple with a son who turns out to actually be a doll. Or is he? As strange things begin to happen in the house our heroine, played by Lauren Cohan, starts to believe that the doll may have a life of its own.

The film attempts to create an atmosphere of suspense but frankly I found it far more funny than scary. If you want to watch something so stupid that it makes you laugh then this could be a fun way to pass the time but after laughing at the first hour of the film I fell asleep as it just didn't hold my attention until the end. If you want an entertaining evil doll horror watch Chuckie, or even Anabelle. There really isn't much to recommend here; nothing about this film rises above mediocre, not the acting, the scares or the story. Don't waste your time.


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