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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.

Director:

Jon Cassar

Writers:

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 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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,703,843, 6 November 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Regina Hall, Romany Malco, and Morris Chestnut starred together in Think Like a Man (2012). 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 Hollywood Express: Episode #14.34 (2016) See more »

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Le Front Caché Sur Tes Genoux
Written by Cecile McLorin Salvant (as Cécile McLorin Salvant) and Ida Faubert
Performed by Cecile McLorin Salvant (as Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Courtesy of Mack Avenue Records
Under License from Mack Avenue Records II, LLC
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When the Bough Breaks: Pretty paint by numbers stuff
29 May 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall star in this modern day Fatal Attraction-esque movie about a couple unable to have kids who welcome a surrogate into their home.

But of course this is Hollywood so nothing goes quite to plan and before you can say damn skippy, the soon to be mom becomes enamoured with the husband.

See that wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact she's a complete psychotic, but how do you combat such a person when they're carrying your child?

We've seen this before, near enough this entire film to be honest but here it's done competently enough.

Morris Chestnut tends to always play the same brooding character (And does here) and Regina Hall is someone I cannot take seriously anymore after her zany stint in the Scary Movie franchise! I expect her to break out into some stereotypical satirical crazy expletive filled rant and find myself almost dissapointed that she doesn't.

When the Bough Breaks lacks in originality but does have its moments, sadly not enough to raise the bar above distinctly average.

The Good:

Morris Chestnut

Has a couple of interesting moments

The Bad:

Regina Hall

Seen it all before

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

When a girl hits on you keep it a secret from your wife, what could possibly go wrong?

Moral of the story, don't have kids.


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