When the Bough Breaks

2016 "She's carrying more than just a secret."
5.2| 1h37m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 09 September 2016 Released
Producted By: Screen Gems
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A surrogate mother harbors a deadly secret desire for a family of her own with the husband who is expecting to raise her child.

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Jenna Walter The film may be flawed, but its message is not.
Arianna Moses Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
Isbel A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
Scarlet The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
Robert W. The stalker-woman thriller film has been done again and again and done well and done not so well but there is absolutely a class out there for it and sometimes they are even memorable! Single White Female feels like one of the matriarchs of this genre but you have Fear, Swimfan, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Fatal Attraction. Disclosure...I mean they are a dime a dozen but the ones I've seen are usually at least entertaining so I thought this was a surefire thing for an evening of scoffs and eye rolling but ultimately entertaining. To say they missed the mark on this is giving them too much credit. The story is fine but the characters are flat, the overacting is horrendous, the story is achingly predictable even for a genre film and despite potentially good cast members, they are not good in their roles. Everyone just seems to be going through the motions and it turns in one of the worst films I've seen in 2016.Morris Chestnut can be a decent actor. I've never seen him do anything outstanding but this does nothing to build his career. He is boring, vapid, has zero chemistry with his two female co-leads and feels very out of place. I don't think he wanted in this anymore than we did. Regina Hall has a similar background but she too is not really a leading lady and this proves she can't carry a film on her own. But in her defence, the character she plays is downright horrible. She's a weak, spineless, blubbering moron who will let her husband do anything to get the baby she wants. The key to a great stalker-thriller is the role of the crazy person and it makes for an interesting performance when they're good at it. Jaz Sinclair doesn't even get top billing on IMDb are the crazy surrogate. She is way overacting the entire time, isn't the least bit threatening and no one can overpower her even when she's in the throws of labour. It's insane. There are a few familiar faces in the supporting cast and their performance and the look on their face will demonstrate how much they just wanted their paycheck.I honestly don't know how this got made let alone released in theatres. It's straight to video at BEST and another reviewer suggested better left on Lifetime but even Lifetime knows what it does well at. Ironically director Jon Cassar is a fantastic Television director. He has a lot of talent but much like the cast he must have phoned this in or in editing the film was chopped to barely recognizable because it's bad...like really really bad. And in a crowded genre like this, there are modern day classics that are so much better worth spending the hour and a half on. This is utterly avoidable and hopefully completely forgettable. The ending is so unsatisfying that you can barely find anything here redeemable at all. 3/10
melanieb-25969 I knew this movie was gonna be good when I saw the previews, but it was ten times better than I expected. Enjoyable, well crafted and good overall. Would def watch another like this and would recommend. Had more twists than I expected, but as soon as the movie started I was hooked. I am usually pretty hard to please with movies and like to criticize every little detail but with this one I really have no complaints. Should have gotten more stars and a better rating.I waited a lot longer than I wanted to, to see the movie. I wanted to see it when it was in theaters but never had the chance. I finally got a chance to watch this movie months later. Wished I would have seen it sooner. I put it off so long that I thought I wasn't going to like it anymore but finally watched it and loved it way more than I ever thought I was going to.
Janielie Walters I am uncertain if this movie was made for the theaters or for Lifetime. I really liked the cast and the antagonist but that is as far as my liking goes.Pursuant to the subject "cliched", I was not even slightly startled at any point in this movie, as a matter of fact, the only surprise was when I saw the credits rolling, thought it wouldn't have ended. ***SPOILERS***If they had killed off one of the Taylors, I could guarantee that the movie would have gotten a better review, wouldn't be great but good enough to spend money on. The plot was weak and flat, the so- called climax - wait what? - there wasn't a climax, well maybe but I refuse to call it a climax since the only excitement I got was to hear the baby cry.Overall this movie was horrible and I have almost had it with this amount of clichés hitting the theaters.
Reno Rangan I have to agree with the film critics on this one. Felt like I have already seen this film, but it turned out to be a very familiar thriller theme. It had plenty of issues and the first thing was the main plot in which the story built on. The mother-child connection is a very sensitive matter and that's where the film got stumbled. Even though they wanted to do film on that, they did not convince with the portrayed of the surrogate mother. From the entertainment perspective, it lacked the thriller big. The climax was all the sudden and then it ended just like that.At first I thought it might be a remake, but it was inspired or borrowed the theme from elsewhere. This psychological-thriller focused on to tell the tale of a wealthy childless couple. They decide to hire a young and beautiful Anna to be their surrogate mother. When everything was going very well, Anna's crush on the man she's carrying a baby begin to blow the things off. So now what happens to the couple, Anna and the baby revealed in the final segment.Thankfully, this is not the worst film of the year. I have even worse than this. But this can be easily a skippable one. There's no complaint over the actors, they had given what the characters demanded. Rich in quality, not a bad film from the technical aspect. Those are the area where it got scored a few points from me. If the screenplay had developed well, the film would have been in a different league. Particularly, I did not like the lack of diversity, looked like a black film for the black viewers. There are lots of similar films which are much better than this one that you could try.4/10