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When the Bough Breaks (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 9 September 2016 (USA)
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A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.


Jon Cassar


Jack Olsen (screenplay), Jack Olsen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morris Chestnut ... John Taylor
Regina Hall ... Laura Taylor
Romany Malco ... Todd Decker
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Roland White (as Michael K. Williams)
Glenn Morshower ... Martin Cooper
Theo Rossi ... Mike Mitchell
Jaz Sinclair ... Anna Walsh
GiGi Erneta ... Dr. Grace Park
Tom Nowicki ... Peter Kaye
Denise Gossett ... Carol
Janee Michelle Janee Michelle ... John's Mother
Carrie Lazar ... Yoga Instructor
Ariadne Joseph ... Nurse
Matthew M. Mitchell Matthew M. Mitchell ... Security Guard (as Matt Mitchell)
Maurice Johnson ... Security Guard


John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate - but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna's deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it's too late. Written by Sony Pictures

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It all went wrong See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality/partial nudity, thematic elements, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Michael Kenneth Williams played a character named "Chalky White" in Boardwalk Empire (2010). See more »


Laura Taylor: [Laura rushes into the OB/GYN's office, visibly upset at having missed the appointment to find out the baby's gender] I had it in my schedule as 2:00.
John Taylor: Maybe you just entered it wrong.
Laura Taylor: No, I didn't enter it wrong! I... Damn it, I-I know I didn't! Someone changed it in my phone! I know that I put it in right! I booked my flights around it, I know that I did! Damn it!
John Taylor: Stop, please.
Laura Taylor: [Laura and John talk privately in the hallway] This is the only time I'm ever going to be able to do this.
John Taylor: It's alright. ...
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Real Love
Written by Jasmine Ash and Dave Gulick
Performed by Sunsun
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A Good Movie
28 September 2016 | by pthefSee all my reviews

This movie is, I believe, a remake of "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" from 1992. At least, a similar set of elements comes up in both movies, this time with a black cast rather than white. One way or another, it was a good movie, full of suspenseful points, and the acting was good. I liked it.

John and Laura Taylor cannot conceive a child, despite having made all efforts, and have resorted to hiring a surrogate mother, who is sweet (and seriously cute) and generally easy to like and love, a girl named Anna Walsh. But Anna isn't all she seems to be, living an unstable life and hiding her own deep and dark secrets as she develops inappropriate feelings for John, and her obsession with him turns dangerous and violent. What happens next? Buy a ticket and see the movie. LOL


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Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,202,323, 11 September 2016

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2.35 : 1
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