STARRING: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair, Theo Rossi, Romany Malco, Michael K. Williams and GiGi Erneta
A surrogate mom for a couple becomes dangerously obsessed with the soon-to-be father.
When The Bough Breaks centres on a young married couple, John and Laura Taylor, desperately wanting to have a baby but are unable to conceive. After trying various options, the couple manage to find a young woman named Anna who agrees to become a surrogate mother for them. Everything seems fine until Anna starts to develop a fixation for John which turns into a deadly obsession.
When The Bough Breaks is an attempted erotic thriller for the big screen in which we follow a married couple select a young woman named Anna to be a surrogate mother for them which leads to her having a deadly obsession for the husband John.
Honestly if I’m to make an effort in highlighting some positives from this film is that the cast do try to their best with the material they have to work with. Everyone involved has done better work than what’s on screen here.
The problem with this film is that it’s a lifetime script given a big screen treatment. The story is so ridiculously ludicrous and laughably predictable, it can’t even muster up the sense to play into the ‘so bad it’s good’ vibe as it’s played so seriously in its execution that the film becomes an absolute chore to watch. Regina Hall is wasted as Laura Taylor, Morris Chestnut is forced to give a load of reactions to what’s going on and Jaz Sinclair is forced to go over the top at times (mostly all in the final act) to so just how crazy Anna really is. Speaking of being forced to overact….poor Theo Rossi.
When The Bough Breaks is an hour and forty minutes of a suspense-less thriller filled with cliches and a solid cast having to deal with a pretty weak script. Still though it made a profit at the box office for Screen Gems so they can take comfort in that. 1/10