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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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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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Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, and for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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22 January 2016 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,778,392 (USA) (22 January 2016)

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$35,794,166 (USA) (25 March 2016)
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Lauren Cohan plays an American nanny traveling to the UK for her job as a babysitter. Ironically, while Cohan is an American born citizen she has a British accent after spending her adolescence in the UK which she hides in this film. See more »

Goofs

After Greta's first nightmare,she woke up and went to Brahms room where it was sitting in the chair with water in it's face looking like a tear, in this part she had a white shirt. She grabs it and puts it on bed and the next shoot she was looking to the attic in the room but with a blue shirt. See more »

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Malcolm: Okay, I see that you're... a writer from... Phoenix, Montana. You've come here to be inspired by the English countryside and to get away from the hustle and bustle of your life in the U.S. of A.
Greta Evans: No.
Malcolm: Close.
Greta Evans: Um... not at all. No.
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Referenced in Directing the Boy (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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Odd, suspenseful, creepy and a bit disturbing, but thoroughly entertaining.
25 January 2016 | by (New Braunfels, Texas) – See 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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