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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:

$74,136,180
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lauren Cohan (Greta) and Rupert Evans (Malcolm) both starred in horror-graphic novel adaptations. Cohan starred in the television series The Walking Dead (2010) and Evans starred in Hellboy (2004). 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

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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Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #12 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Magic Flute, K.260, Act II: Der Hölle Rache
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Bulgarian National Radio Synphony Orchestra
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You wonder if you're going mad or she is.
24 October 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

When an American nanny arrives in a British country home, she discovers she's paid to look after a doll.

I am so surprised to see the relatively low score and number of negative reviews, I was really impressed by this movie, it was original, intelligent and kept me wondering through to the end. I can see why some would dislike it, those perhaps that were expecting a Chucky style film. In fact this film is a cleverly conceived, well crafted thriller. I appreciate some bits are far fetched, such as the ex boyfriend's arrival, and of course the conclusion, but as for being watchable I couldn't take my eyes off it for a second for fear of missing something.

Well acted by all, this is a film I will definitely watch again. 9/10


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