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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.

Director:

William Brent Bell

Writer:

Stacey Menear
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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Lauren Cohan played an American nanny traveling to the United Kingdom for her job as a babysitter in the film. Ironically, while Cohan is an American born citizen, she has an English accent since she spent her adolescence in England. She hides her accent in this film. See more »

Goofs

The house in the movie is not typical of those seen in the United Kingdom, more in line with those in America. 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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Referenced in Directing the Boy (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85: IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo
Composed by Edward Elgar
Performed by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Jean-Pierre Jacquillat
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Really not as bad as some as these reviews are making it out to be.
13 May 2016 | by riceryanSee all my reviews

I'm an avid IMDb user. This is actually my first time writing a review though. I felt inclined after browsing through other's reviews saying how horrible this movie was. It was actually a lot better than I expected. I wasn't in a huge hurry to see it, but I'm happy I watched it. I haven't been a fan of many newer horror movies with the exception of It Follows, but I recommend watching this with an open mind. There's a twist that makes it worth while and I must admit, I didn't see it coming a mile away. Perfect ending to my mini Friday the 13th marathon. -- -- -- -- ----- ----- -----—------------ -----—------—----------------------------- ---


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,778,392, 24 January 2016

Gross USA:

$35,819,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,136,180
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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