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, a young American woman, takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village and discovers 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 ago. When she violates a list of strict rules, her worst nightmare is brought to life by a series of disturbing, inexplicable events and she comes to believe that the doll is 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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Upon pausing at a certain time one can read the full text of the Heelshire's letter to Brahms: "Our Dearest Son, words cannot describe our heartbreak as we leave you now. We will not be back. We simply cannot bear to live with what we have allowed you to become. The girl is yours now. She is yours to love and care for. May God forgive us all. Love always, Mummy and Daddy." 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

[the Heelshires are about to leave the house]
Mrs. Heelshire: [whispering in Greta's ear as she hugs her goodbye] I'm so sorry.
Mr. Heelshire: [nerviously] Come along, my dear. It's time we left.
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Featured in FoundFlix: THE BOY (2016) Ending Explained (2016) See more »

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Brahms' Lullaby (Opus 49 No.4)
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Written by Johannes Brahms
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Not Your Typical Thriller
23 January 2016 | by kristofenSee all my reviews

Let's face it, dolls and poltergeists have been overdone in the past decades. It's always the same plot. However, it has NEVER been done like this. At first, it was a bit predictable. Nanny comes in, encounters creepy family, goes with the flow, experiences some disturbing shizz, still goes with the flow because continuity. There were some jumps that were nicely executed and it certainly kept the viewer interested. But movies like this usually head in one direction... This one, on the other hand, brought in something refreshing. I can honestly say I never saw the twist coming. There were very subtle hints, if any. Overall, it was above average yet unnerving. It wins a few points on creativity, so it's a 7.5. Rated it 9 to balance the score and encourage new opinions.


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USA | Canada | China

Language:

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Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inhabitant See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,778,392, 24 January 2016

Gross USA:

$35,819,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,929,392
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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