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Boy in the Attic (2016)

Secrets in the Attic (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 1 August 2016
Angst-ridden over her new mundane small town life, a teenage girl discovers a mysterious boy living in her attic and befriends him. Unknown to her, he is harboring a dark secret.


Paul Shapiro


Christine Conradt, Ken Sanders (story)


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Credited cast:
Abbie Cobb ... Callie Davis
Max Lloyd-Jones ... Michael Collins
Gina Holden ... Rachel Davis
Michael St. John Smith ... Sheriff Urban Blackwell
Iain Belcher ... Jordan
Christina Jastrzembska ... Evelyn Davis
Reese Alexander ... Officer Morris
Kyle Rideout ... Ed Brinson
David Lewis ... Eric Benson
Marilyn Norry ... Marjory Brinson
Haig Sutherland ... Tommy Smith
Jason Wingham ... Roy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurt Evans ... Marty davis
Loren Matz Loren Matz ... Waitress
Chad Sayn Chad Sayn


When a teen girl and her mom inherit an old house, little do they know that a mysterious person is hiding in the attic - a teen boy who has been living there for months. When the girl finally meets the boy and falls in love with him, she agrees to keep his hiding place a secret from everyone, including her mom. But when she finds out that he has been falsely accused of murder, she must decide: Will she risk everything to protect him? Written by Reel One Entertainment

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1 August 2016 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Gina Holden, the actress who plays the mother of actress Abbie Cobb in this movie, is only ten years older than her in real life. See more »


The Lincoln is called out as a '73 for the APB. Clearly this is a '75-'76 Town Car, which is not only more square but has a drastically different rear end. Never was the front grille entirely visible, but it looked like an after-market pimped wide grille, which would fit over the '75-'76 ('77-'79 was narrower in width and much more like Rolls Royce than the previous 2 years; pimp grille like RR also but rounded as here, replacing the relatively dull normal grille). See more »


Searching For Nothing Boy
Music and Lyrics by Nicholas Tomlinson
Performed by Renée Forrester
Première Bobine Inc., Publisher
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The synopsis here is untrue
27 August 2016 | by hi_im_manicSee all my reviews

Reel One, the author of the synopsis here, is incorrect. I'm not sure whether this was a mistake or fabricated intentionally as a joke. There's no pregnant teen, love child or child support involved.

The glaringly absent age disparity between mother and daughter was distracting at times. The actresses are only 10 years apart in age, and it's evident on screen. If Lifetime could've garnered Jennie Garth for the mother role it would have been great since it would make the age disparity a bit more clear, plus Abbie Cobb is known to audiences as Garth's junior doppleganger.

The boy Micheal, played by the handsome newcomer Max Lloyd-Jones, delivers what is arguably the best performance of the piece and provides us with eyecandy.

Remember, it's a Lifetime TV movie, so no one's aiming for the SAG awards. It must be enjoyed for simply what it is - the viewing equivalent of a dime-store novella. There are some inconsistencies, such as an explanation for the boys preference to enter and exit the home through its main door when there's a door from the attic leading outside. The "boy in the attic" indicates (both in appearance and in script) that he's 18+, so he's really the "man in the attic". I guess having a man hiding in the attic didn't quite hold the same appeal.

Fairly decent entertainment for lazy viewers who aren't hungry to critique a film.

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