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When the Bough Breaks (2016)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 9 September 2016 (USA)
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A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.

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Jon Cassar

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Jack Olsen (screenplay), Jack Olsen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morris Chestnut ... John Taylor
Regina Hall ... Laura Taylor
Romany Malco ... Todd Decker
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Roland White (as Michael K. Williams)
Glenn Morshower ... Martin Cooper
Theo Rossi ... Mike Mitchell
Jaz Sinclair ... Anna Walsh
GiGi Erneta ... Dr. Grace Park
Tom Nowicki ... Peter Kaye
Denise Gossett ... Carol
Janee Michelle Janee Michelle ... John's Mother
Carrie Lazar ... Yoga Instructor
Ariadne Joseph ... Nurse
Matthew M. Mitchell Matthew M. Mitchell ... Security Guard (as Matt Mitchell)
Maurice Johnson ... Security Guard
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Storyline

John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate - but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna's deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it's too late. Written by Sony Pictures

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She's carrying more than just a secret. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality/partial nudity, thematic elements, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Bough Breaks See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,202,323, 11 September 2016

Gross USA:

$29,747,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,658,387
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Morris Chestnut and Glenn Morshower both starred in 24 (2001). See more »

Quotes

Mike Mitchell: Did you know that you have their only embryo?
Anna Walsh: It's... a baby now.
Mike Mitchell: They don't have it! In the eyes of the law, since it's inside of you, it belongs to us. We can decide to keep it for ourselves any time we want.
Anna Walsh: But... I-I thought...
Mike Mitchell: Don't think. I think, baby. I'm the brains on this. You're just the uterus.
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Featured in Conan: Danny McBride/Regina Hall/Colvin & Earle (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Brave
Written by Jhené Aiko (as Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo), No I.D. (as Ernest Wilson) and Steve Wyreman
Performed by Jhené Aiko (as Jhené Aiko)
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings / Artium Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Too bland to be anything worthy of note
5 May 2017 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I find films like 'When the Bough Breaks' very frustrating, because they have no chance of living up to their full potential even before the opening credits have rolled. The reason is that their hands are so severely tied behind their back in terms of what they are able to show and portray. There were times in this movie where I was actually surprised how far they went in terms of some graphic violence, yet on other occasions they seemed incredibly limited as to what they could show. The latter was certainly the more predominant case in the film. I can't help but think while I watch films like this that life is too short. Who really wants their films this toned down? Surely no children are out there watching a film about a topic like this. So are there adults out there craving PC, bland nonsense? If so, good on them for catering to those needs. But you'd better expect the rest of us to hate your films.

The other big problem with the film is just how "Been there, done that" it all feels. There isn't a single shred of originality in this film. Not even one moment that could possibly be in the least bit considered an original idea. The amateur nature with which this film was made was nothing short of shocking.

There aren't a lot of good aspects to mention, but if I had to point some out they would be a decent scare near the end that actually worked quite well, and a final 10 minutes or so that weren't actually half bad (although that could have just been because I was comparing them to the 90 minutes that had proceeded them). At the end of the day though my advice would be to not see this film. Everyone who gives their hard earned money to films like this is simply encouraging more films like this to be made. And that would be a very bad thing.


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