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When the Bough Breaks (2016)

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

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Jon Cassar

Writers:

Jack Olsen (screenplay), Jack Olsen
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Trivia

Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut have starred in The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013). See more »

Quotes

Mike Mitchell: Did you know that you have their only embryo?
Anna Walsh: It's... a baby now.
Mike Mitchell: They don't have it! In the eyes of the law, since it's inside of you, it belongs to us. We can decide to keep it for ourselves any time we want.
Anna Walsh: But... I-I thought...
Mike Mitchell: Don't think. I think, baby. I'm the brains on this. You're just the uterus.
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Connections

Featured in Conan: Danny McBride/Regina Hall/Colvin & Earle (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Front Caché Sur Tes Genoux
Written by Cecile McLorin Salvant (as Cécile McLorin Salvant) and Ida Faubert
Performed by Cecile McLorin Salvant (as Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Courtesy of Mack Avenue Records
Under License from Mack Avenue Records II, LLC
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When decent potential breaks
24 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There is some decent talent involved. The premise for the story intrigued and sounded quite good, regardless of its lack of originality. The cover gave the sense it would be fairly suspenseful and interesting. 'When the Bough Breaks' was definitely not a film that sounded like it was going to be a disaster hearing about it.

It as a film is still not that much of a disaster too, there are merits here. The decent potential shown initially is sadly not sustained and generally not lived up to, so sadly 'When the Bough Breaks' is not a particularly good film either. As indicated just now, there was no initial bias against it or wanting to dislike it at all. Far from the truth, actually thought it had potential to be an unexceptional but not too bad film. It was a real shame it wasn't that, but it could have been so much worse.

'When the Bough Breaks' does have good elements. The acting from Regina Hall, Michael K. Williams and Morris Chestnut is better than average, Chestnut actually being quite good and suitably intensely brooding. Definitely the best thing about the film. The production values are not too cheap and the music is ominous without being too intrusive or obvious.

First impressions were a promising start that did intrigue and had some slow-burning suspense.

Sadly, that slow-burning suspense was far from sustained all the way through. 'When the Bough Breaks' generally lacks tension, danger and suspense, hurt by that it treads familiar ground so often that any surprises or anything new cannot be seen. The characters fail to be interesting and don't have much to make one endear to them, it was purposeful for some but don't think that was intent for all of them to be so. The direction does well with the visuals but in terms of the storytelling it fails, being pedestrian in a lot of the first half and then losing control in the second. It gets melodramatic in places and should have been much bolder, for a film with this concept it was rather tame.

Promising beginning aside, the first half is on the dull side. As said by others while the second half does pick up things start getting silly, rushed and implausible, some of it making one feel stupid, culminating in an ending that ends too suddenly and almost unfinished-like. The dialogue is cheesy and very difficult to take seriously, also not flowing naturally. Jaz Sinclair seemed out of her element and doesn't have the chops to carry the lead role and the film, while Theo Rossi is awful, no engagement whatsoever.

Concluding, not terrible but also not good. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,202,323, 11 September 2016

Gross USA:

$29,747,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,658,387
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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