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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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Brahms Heelshire
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Cole
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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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The Inhabitant  »

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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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When Greta reads to Brahms the extract is from 'Jane Eyre' where, like Brahms, Mr Rochester's insane wife is confined to the attic. See more »

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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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Greta Evans: You wouldn't hurt me, would you, Brahms?
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Written and performed by Zach Broocke
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Entertaining but Definitely Flawed
3 February 2016 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Boy" presents us with an interesting premise from the start. A young American woman takes a job as a nanny to an elderly couple's child in Britain. Only when she gets to their large, creepy mansion does she learn the "boy" is really a doll that the couple treats as if it is alive and their son. Much of what ensues after this is fairly predictable. We know the doll is going to end up doing creepy things, or at least we'll be led to believe this is the case. We also know there will be something more going on than what meets the eye. Lauren Cohan does a very good job, which is essential because she has to carry most of the movie. Many scenes are with her and the doll alone. Also, the setting and the doll itself do a great job of creating the mood. The film does well at holding the viewer's attention; however, once we see the final "twist" we understand that it was really the only reasonable explanation--although it is really not all that reasonable. There are a few scenes where the dialog and impact fall a little flat. I recommend the film to those who really like this genre, because there is enough there to make it worthwhile; however, do not expect a masterpiece.


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