The Boy

2016 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Boy

2016 PG-13 1h 38m Blu-ray / DVD
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Hired as a nanny by a prosperous British couple, young American Greta arrives at their estate to discover that the "boy" she's to look after is a doll -- whose "parents" insist on treating as a flesh-and-blood child.
Moods
Scary, Chilling, Suspenseful
Format
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
CC
No
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Lauren Cohan
  • Rupert Evans
  • Jim Norton
  • Diana Hardcastle
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Boy is a "creepy doll" horror film. It's not entirely original, but it is well-made, and it could catch on with teen horror-hounds. While not overly gory, characters do die (both by stabbing and via suicide), words are written in blood on a wall, and there are scary sounds and jump-scares, characters fighting and being slammed around, and dead rats. A man and a woman kiss, moving toward sex, but they're interrupted; there's also some flirting and shots of a woman taking a shower (no graphic nudity) and wearing a towel and underwear. Language is infrequent but includes uses of "s--t," "bitch," and "hell." A character drinks wine in one sequence.

Sexual Content

A man and a woman kiss passionately; they're clearly moving toward sex but are interrupted. She's shown in her underwear, taking a shower (no nudity), and wearing a towel. Flirting. A driver stares at a woman's cleavage in the rear-view mirror.

Violence

Character is stabbed in the neck and killed. Characters commit suicide by drowning. Fighting, shouting, slamming characters against walls and floors. Dead rats, with dripping blood. Writing in blood on wall. Two or three jump-scares. A violent, obsessive ex-boyfriend threatens and manhandles a woman. Animal heads. Scary noises.

Language

At least two uses of "s--t," plus "son of a bitch, "hell," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

Advocates not being victimized or controlled by others.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A character drinks several glasses of wine by herself. Glass of beer shown at dinner.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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