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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lauren Cohan signed on to star in the lead role of the film on January 23, 2015, which by then had been retitled The Boy (2016). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mr. Heelshire: [about Brahms] Be good to him and he'll be good to you. Be bad to him and...
Mrs. Heelshire: [interrupting him] Oh... she will be good to him, wont you, Mrs. Evans?
Greta Evans: Yes, I'll- I'll treat him like my own.
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Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #12 (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 Blondal Bengtsson, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Pierre Jacquillat
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Odd, suspenseful, creepy and a bit disturbing, but thoroughly entertaining.
25 January 2016 | by tlooknbillSee all my reviews

I give it an 9 stars because the end kind of sets it up for a sequel, but hey, the rest of "The Boy" is beautifully stylized and paced similar to the spooky, suspenseful and disturbing '60's British made thrillers like Betty Davis' "The Nanny"and Debra Kerr's "The Innocents" only with an added surprise ending and faster pace.

From the trailer this movie is not what you think it is and not one of your run of the mill "Child's Play" Chucky doll revenge type '80's flicks. I sort of knew this going in just from the fact smart actors such as Lauren Cohan rarely make bad decisions on movie choices such as this and by god she makes it all believable just as she does in "Walking Dead".

This is a very maturely written, photographed and acted movie reminding me of a really good Twilight Zone episode that gradually unfolds revealing the layers of mystery in this case on the reasons for why an elderly couple would be caring for a life size boy doll which is disturbing on its own right from the get go.

There'll be more questions than answers as the movie progresses where the end will allow the viewer to fill in the blanks with an implied causality from connecting the dots looking back which is the best way to write a movie and view it. Don't explain everything. The audience has a better imagination and intellect.

This will probably be a classic as time goes on as I believe "The Orphan" both odd and unique thrillers.


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