When the Bough Breaks

2016 [english]

Action / Crime / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

When the Bough Breaks

2016 [english]

Action / Crime / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

12%
45%
5.2

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5.2

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Synopsis

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. —Sony Pictures.

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  • Reviewed by Platypuschow grade 5 / 10

    When the Bough Breaks: Pretty paint by numbers stuff

    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 ChestnutHas a couple of interesting momentsThe Bad:Regina HallSeen it all beforeThings 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.


  • Reviewed by Michael Ledo grade 6 / 10

    I am happy and in control of my life.

    John Taylor (Morris Chestnut) is a successful corporate attorney ready to make "partner." His wife Laura (Regina Hall) is a successful whatever ready to make CEO. They can't have children and have one last frozen embryo. They hire the very nice Anna Walsh (Jaz Sinclair) to carry the child. Her abusive boyfriend Michael (Theo Rossi) is what brings her into their home, a really nice home...one she would want to live in... and live with a guy like John. From here the plot goes as expected.We have seen similar films when a young rival is brought into the home for a number of reasons. This one was okay, with the actors going through the motions, waiting for the next big gig. The film is rated PG-13 which means they cut away at all the good scenes.Guide: Brief sex. Near nudity. Not much swearing.


  • Reviewed by jtindahouse grade 4 / 10

    Too bland to be anything worthy of note

    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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