When The Bough Breaks

When The Bough Breaks
When The Bough Breaks
  • PG-13
  • 1h 47m
  • 2016
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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Shallow, clichéd, and silly instead of suspenseful, When the Bough Breaks offers nothing domestic thriller fans haven't already seen before -- and done far better.
AV Club
Katie Rife

The plot doesn't differ much from last year's parody of these types of movies, A Deadly Adoption ....

June 25, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Gary Goldstein

Writer Jack Olsen's glossy script goes light on logic, credibility and mining some of the story's...

June 25, 2017
New York Times
Neil Genzlinger

Perhaps you were wondering if it were still possible to wring any suspense out of an unbalanced-th...

June 25, 2017
Nick Allen

While empathy is first to go in the tasteless When the Bough Breaks, there is nothing good in its...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Likable characters can't save forgettable, violent thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that When the Bough Breaks is a thriller about a surrogate who threatens the biological parents of the baby she's carrying. Though the main couple is likable, it's all very routine and forgettable, not very smart, and pretty violent. A man abuses his girlfriend, and there are additional beatings, plus stabbings; a gory, rotting corpse (with maggots); gun use; some blood and injuries; and discussions of sexual abuse. While there's no graphic nudity, there is kissing and a sex scene, plus scenes of stripteases and flirting. Language is infrequent but includes uses of "s--t," "bitch," and "ass." Adult characters drink on social occasions, and one character smokes a cigarette and gets drunk.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:September 9, 2016
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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