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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:

USA | Canada | China

Language:

English

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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Spain, the movie was released directly on VOD (digital platforms) and DVD, but it was previously screened in two theaters with a limited release in Barcelona (Phenomena) for two days, in a subtitled version, and a premiere in Madrid (Cines Dreams) for one day, in a dubbed version. See more »

Goofs

The telephone in the house makes the USA dead tone (blips) rather than the UK dead tone (a continuous tone). See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Greta Evans: Malcolm? Malcolm! Malcolm!
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Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance: No.5 In G Minor
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Kosice State Philharmonic Orchestra & Christian Ehwald
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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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