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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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Complete credited cast:
... Greta Evans
... Malcolm
... Brahms Heelshire
... Mr. Heelshire
... Mrs. Heelshire
... Cole
... Brahms (Child)
Lily Pater ... Emily Cribbs
... Taxi Driver
... Sandy (voice)
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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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22 January 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In a Dark Place  »

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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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The film was originally titled "In a Dark Place" and had Jane Levy in the lead role. See more »

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It's clear from the vegetation and the terrain that the film , while set in England, wasn't shot there. See more »

Quotes

Greta Evans: You wouldn't hurt me, would you, Brahms?
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (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 See 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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