The Boy (2016)

Directed by William Brent Bell.  Written by Stacey Menear.  Starring Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle and James Russell.

Plot: a nanny is shocked to discover her new ward is a doll.


Greta (Cohan) is a young American nanny going to work in the home of the Heelshires, a UK family.  But when she arrives there, there’s no boy to watch, just a doll they call Brahms who they talk to as though he was there real son.  She takes the job anyway (why, we don’t really know – not enough money in the world to get me to babysit a creepy doll while the “parents” vacation).  A man named Malcolm (Evans) delivers the groceries to the house and he tells her that the real Brahms died many years ago and was considered odd even by his family.

Strange things begin to happen after that.  Such strange and scary things that Malcolm tells Greta she should leave.  For some reason, she refuses, even though it seems the doll is moving on his own now.  We have no sympathy for her, let me tell you.

Then, I should mention that there’s this horrible subplot involving Greta’s really mean ex, Cole.  It’s a bad subplot.  He’s a bad actor.  It doesn’t fit in.  Its just bad.


It wasn’t scary.  It was unrealistic.  No one was likable, but Malcolm.  And why do people that live in walls always get super strong?  If anything they should be way less strong, stuck in small places and malnourished and whatnot.  Ugh.

Our score: 31.

One thought on “The Boy (2016)

  1. I knew this movie was going to suck from the very beginning and it wasn’t the fact that it had a stupid premise. It was the fact that this was Lauren Cohan’s (made popular by The Walking Dead) first big movie that stars her as the lead. I have a theory that all movies that star an up and coming actress is a terrible movie. The actor has to be in between well known and colossal. They use a horror movie as a means to ‘get their foot in the door.’

    I don’t know, it’s just a theory but I notice the trend.


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