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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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William Brent Bell

Writer:

Stacey Menear
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lauren Cohan ... Greta Evans
Rupert Evans ... Malcolm
James Russell ... Brahms Heelshire
Jim Norton ... Mr. Heelshire
Diana Hardcastle ... Mrs. Heelshire
Ben Robson ... Cole
Jett Klyne ... Brahms (Child)
Lily Pater Lily Pater ... Emily Cribbs
Matthew Walker ... Taxi Driver
Stephanie Lemelin ... 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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Every child needs to feel loved. See more »


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

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Country:

China | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In a Dark Place See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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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:

$68,200,000, 18 March 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 number plate of the taxi in the opening scene does not match the British style of number plates. British plates are in the style of AB11 CDE or A123 BCE. 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 Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance: No.5 In G Minor
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Kosice State Philharmonic Orchestra & Christian Ehwald
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Entertaining but Definitely Flawed
3 February 2016 | by eabra48463See all my reviews

"The Boy" presents us with an interesting premise from the start. A young American woman takes a job as a nanny to an elderly couple's child in Britain. Only when she gets to their large, creepy mansion does she learn the "boy" is really a doll that the couple treats as if it is alive and their son. Much of what ensues after this is fairly predictable. We know the doll is going to end up doing creepy things, or at least we'll be led to believe this is the case. We also know there will be something more going on than what meets the eye. Lauren Cohan does a very good job, which is essential because she has to carry most of the movie. Many scenes are with her and the doll alone. Also, the setting and the doll itself do a great job of creating the mood. The film does well at holding the viewer's attention; however, once we see the final "twist" we understand that it was really the only reasonable explanation--although it is really not all that reasonable. There are a few scenes where the dialog and impact fall a little flat. I recommend the film to those who really like this genre, because there is enough there to make it worthwhile; however, do not expect a masterpiece.


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