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Film / When the Bough Breaks

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When the Bough Breaks is a 2016 thriller film starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, and Jaz Sinclair.

John and Laura Taylor (Chestnut and Hall) are a middle-aged married couple who are having trouble with fertility. Seeking to have a child, they hire young and perky Anna (Sinclair) to serve as their surrogate. At first, Anna appears to be the perfect surrogate. But after she moves in with the Taylors following an assault from her abusive boyfriend, Anna's behavior changes and she develops an obsession for John. As her actions threaten to derail their marriage and lives, John and Laura must uncover Anna's dark secrets in order to find a way to save their future... and that of their unborn child.


This film provides examples of:

  • Asshole Victim:
    • Mike.
    • Also, Anna's adoptive father, who she killed after he sexually abused her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When John and Laura are first introduced to Anna, she appears to be a sweet and polite girl. Not that that lasts long...
  • Domestic Abuse: Mike, Anna's boyfriend.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Anna.
  • Happily Married: Laura and John.
  • Kick the Dog: Anna kills John and Laura's pet cat, Miss Havisham, and puts it in a crib under a blanket which Laura later finds.
  • Lady in Red: Laura wore a red dress for a party. Latter Anna wear the same dress for a charity party.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Thanks to Anna's manipulations, Laura is led to believe John had been having an affair with her. But she soon realizes the truth.
  • Naked in Mink: When Laura and John leave the house one night to attend a party, Anna goes through Laura's closet and tries on a fur coat with only a set of black lingerie under.
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  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Laura: I have had enough of you, crazy bitch!
  • Relationship Sabotage