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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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Follow his rules. 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:

$67,159,402
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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

Quotes

[the Heelshires are about to leave the house]
Mrs. Heelshire: [hugs Greta goodbye; whispering to her ear] I'm so sorry.
Mr. Heelshire: [nerviously] Come along, my dear. It's time we left.
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Connections

Referenced in The Intruder (2019) 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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Not what you might think it to be - for better or for worse.
16 June 2016 | by nitzanhavocSee all my reviews

It is somewhat difficult for me to explain my viewing experience of this film, and in no way do I mean to sound condescending of uppity, so kindly bear with me... Usually, after years of "experience" with a certain hobby, one is able to differentiate objective criticism from lack of personal satisfaction. For me, The Boy is a perfect example, so I'll make sure to separate my personal opinions from what I perceive to be the makings of a fine Horror film.

I've always been a big fan of the Supernatural sub-genre, with a special liking to films portraying evil dolls (films like Dead Silence or Annabelle, NOT Chucky). After watching the trailer for The Boy several months ago, I've been eagerly anticipating its release. As presented in the teasers, the story is original and well told (hats off to screenwriter Stacey Menear), and the jump-scares (while still cheap) are sufficiently few and well made to add the occasional scare without damaging the experience. Music and cinematography are great, as is the acting (especially supporting actors Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle as Mr. and Mrs. Hillshire).

Now for my problem... the plot twist is smart, surprising and in no way predictable (although some of you might have guessed it from the start, I personally was impressed). It adds a stroke of genius creativity and originality to an otherwise all too known pattern of a film. I just didn't like it... it felt too original, like trying to reinvent the wheel when the wheel works just fine. Objectively - great twist, great ending! In my opinion? A let down.

All in all, the eerie sense of suspense and fear is maintained throughout the entire film, and I would definitely recommend it to other "supernatural dolls" fans. However, personally, I couldn't help but feeling it was ultimately a let-down, and I wouldn't watch it again.


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