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Shut In (2016)

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A widowed child psychologist lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.


Farren Blackburn
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Complete credited cast:
Naomi Watts ... Mary
Oliver Platt ... Dr. Wilson
Charlie Heaton ... Stephen
Jacob Tremblay ... Tom
Clémentine Poidatz ... Lucy
Alex Braunstein ... Aaron
David Cubitt ... Doug
Crystal Balint ... Grace
Ellen David ... Joan
Tim Post ... Sheriff
Peter Outerbridge ... Richard
Anton Chevrier Anton Chevrier ... Stephen 5 years old
Thomas Macedo Thomas Macedo ... Stephen 9 years old


Steven is a troubled kid from Maine being sent to boarding school. While his father, Richard Portman, is driving him there, they get into a bad argument, and the car swerves into oncoming traffic, killing Richard and putting Steven in a vegetative state. Six months later, Richard's second wife and Steven's stepmother, Mary, is taking care of his every need. Mary is a psychologist who works from home with children and adolescents. She is upset to learn that one of her patients, a deaf child named Tom, is to be transferred to a school in Boston. Later, Mary discusses Steven with her therapist, Dr. Wilson. While she feels guilty, she has decided to put Steven in a home to be cared for because he is no longer there and is just a body..

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Some fears can't be shut out See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror and some violence/bloody images, nudity, thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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France | Canada | USA



Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shut In See more »

Filming Locations:

Sutton, Québec, Canada See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,700,000, 11 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,883,951, 23 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,891,009, 29 December 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2013 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


In the last scene of the movie, the mother is speaking to the little boy who is in the right side of the back seat, presumably so she/we can see him and his drawing clearly. When they get out of the car he exits through the left side door. Not an error, but unusual that he wouldn't get out on the right...they are making the shot easier. See more »


[first lines]
Doug: Hey. It's going to be okay.
Richard: Just tell me we're doing the right thing.
Doug: No, sweetheart, I know you want to fix this. It's what you do. But we've tried. All right? We've been trying and look where it's gotten us.
[looking over at their son waiting in the car]
Doug: And I think the space is gonna be good for him. For all of us. Besides, it's a good school. He'll be home by the end of the summer.
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Shut In (2016)
18 February 2017 | by rockman182See all my reviews

I like Naomi Watts a lot but boy does she really need to pick and carefully choose what she wants to be in. I thought she was really fantastic in Mulholland Drive (probably my favorite film of all time). She's also been in a number of great memorable performances. i fact, shes even been in good horror in the past. Years later she's in a really awful "horror" film that doesn't offer any thrills or chills but rather just insists on wasting your time.

This film is about a psychologist, played by Watts, following a car accident that killed her husband and left her son paralyzed (played by Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton). She starts to think that someone is inside her house trying to harm her. Who could it be though? Her son is paralyzed and immobile? The plot doesn't even sound interesting and there really isn't anything in the film that you could actually enjoy. The film is devoid of any actual chills, the scenes meant to make you jump are set up in a way that is so manufactured over the years, where you know exactly what to expect.

The film just kind of throws characters into the mix and you are left wondering what purpose they really serve? Poor Jacob Tremblay, going from a wonderful performance in Room, to being thrown into something like this. The twist ending is so awful. Its half expected but doesn't bother offering any consolation for wasting your time. There's honestly too much going on in this film, its too busy with people and trying too hard to deliver a substantial story but it comes off really uninspired, tired, and boring. The twist also offers some really weird awkward moments too.

Check this out if you want but there's really nothing to see here. Shut yourself out.


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