When the Bough Breaks

Synopsis: John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate - but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna's deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it's too late.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Director(s): Jon Cassar
Production: Sony Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


One of my favourite presentations.

Will you excuse me one second?

...floating oil, submerged oil...

...contaminated soils...

...shifting submerged oil...

...and recovery of

additional environments.

Just the physical damage alone.

A pregnancy is brutal on your body.

There's also a risk

from the hormonal changes:

Mood disorders, depression.

Are you sure you still

wanna be a surrogate?

Yes. I am.

If more than two embryos take,

the couple may choose to abort some.

Well, that's their choice.

Now, he's gonna keep pushing her here.

It's deliberate.

The girls always think they've made

their decision to be a surrogate...

...but a lot of them change their mind

after about an hour with Carl.

Hey, John.

- Hey.

- Hey.

It's fine, I'm here.

I'm here.

- So we found someone?

- Yeah...

...possibly. Anna Walsh.

She's 21. She lives here in the city,

she's a waitress.

And she is brand-new.

Just walked in today.

- What would your choice be?

- If the children were mine?

Oh, come on, Anna.

Aren't they? In a way?

Life can take an unexpected turn.

You could lose the baby.

If life worked out the way it was

supposed to, I wouldn't be here.

Anna, why are you really doing this?

Because I have the opportunity

to help someone who can't have a child.

Look at her eyes.

She means it.

I don't like your interview guy.

He is a bully.

But I do like her.

I like her.


If we submit...


- Todd.

- Is Grafton gonna settle?

Oh, they're gonna wish they did.

I want you to bring Todd up to speed.

If we go to court on this,

it'll be the firm sticking its neck out.

Now, this is still your baby,

but I want a second pair of eyes.

Right. Of course.

No problem.

Hey, babe.

Cooper was just in here.

He's putting Todd frigging Decker

on my case.

- I'm with her.

- You're with who?


It took forever to fill out the paperwork,

and I was starved...

...so I dropped into that little diner

where she works and she was here...

...waiting for her fianc to pick her up.

She's great.

I know, I know, I know.

There are a million things

that can go wrong...

...and we still have to do

the health checks and just everything.

Exactly. It's...

I just don't want us to spend

another two years looking...

...and maybe missing,

and the whole time, she was the one.

She's so shy.

But there's something else there, like...

...I know she can take care of herself.

I invited her and her fianc Michael

over for dinner tomorrow night.

- Oh, babe.

- Is it okay?

Well, I'll tell you,

when you move, you move.

I'm sorry, but I just wanna do it right.

I really want them to like us.

I'm sorry if I overdid this.

We could've just gone out.

No, are you kidding?

This... This is real nice.

It's what I do, actually. I'm a chef.

I know it's just a meal...

...but I meant it to show you both

how committed we are.

The baby is your business.

- One hundred percent.

- But you will be carrying it.

In the service, I know a lot of guys

who've done this before.

When you're deployed, it just makes sense.

When I'm gone, you two, you know,

you come see her whenever you want.

I understand you'll be using the money

to buy a business.

Oh, from my uncle.

Residential and commercial roofing.

He had quite the run here after Katrina.

Owning the company means you get

a piece of everybody's take-home.

Plus markup, overhead.

Mike's always been real smart about money.

With my deployment bonus...

...we'll be able to put together

almost $40,000.

And that's enough to buy the whole thing.

Anna, I'm sure there are probably

some questions that you have for us?

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Jack Olsen (June 7, 1925 – July 16, 2002) was an American journalist and author known for his crime reporting. Olsen was Senior Editor-in-Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1954. He was Midwest bureau chief for Time magazine and a senior editor for Sports Illustrated in 1961. He was also a regular contributor to other publications, including Fortune and Vanity Fair. more…

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