''Joshua'' is a 2007 American psychological horror/thriller film about an affluent young Manhattan family and how they are torn apart by the increasingly sadistic behavior of their disturbed son, Joshua. The film was directed by George Ratliff and stars Sam Rockwell, Creator/VeraFarmiga and Jacob Kogan. It was released on July 6, 2007 in the United States.
!!''Joshua'' contains examples of:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Uncle Ned (the actor Dallas Roberts is typecast as gay despite being straight in real life; any non-gay role he plays inevitably has a bit of this).
** Some see Joshua as being this, even though he's only nine years old.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: No, they're not.
** One of the taglines is even: 'Not all children are innocent'.
* CreepyChild: Joshua.
* FailedASpotCheck: [[spoiler:The kid throws his grandmother down the stairs in a public place in broad daylight. Witnesses...]]
* KickTheDog: Ambiguous; the dog is found dead.
* KidsAreCruel: Joshua.
* KudzuPlot: A fair few of the hints the film gives to explain things just raise further questions.
** The baby cries all night because Joshua was messing with it then running away. We learn this because Joshua taped himself doing it. Why the hell did Joshua tape himself doing it?
* LackofEmpathy: Joshua
* ThePlan: [[spoiler:All of Joshua's actions are to have him sent to live with his uncle.]]
* TheSociopath: Joshua.
* ShoutOut: Joshua throwing up at the start suggests the 'peeing on the rug' scene from ''Film/TheExorcist''.
** The inter-titles showing the span of time (each marked by a piano chord) suggest the passing of the days in Film/TheShining.