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Movie Review: Like its title character, The Boy can’t live up to the real thing | LGBTPost

Movie Review: Like its title character, The Boy can’t live up to the real thing

The Boy isn’t a terrible movie. It has its moments of tension and (intentional) comic relief, and lead actress Lauren Cohan, best known for her role as Maggie on The Walking Dead, brings a subtle-yet-palpable spark of insanity to an interesting turn her character takes midway through the second act. But these moments of inspiration, or craftsmanship, or whatever you want to call them, are ultimately seasoning sprinkled onto a mushy, microwaved platter of lukewarm horror clichés, a not entirely unexpected outcome from the director of 2013’s similarly derivative The Devil Inside.

Cohan stars as Greta, a young American woman with a troubled past who somehow finds her way to an English country estate (how she found the job remains unexplained; there is no internet or cell phone service at the estate, so Craigslist can be ruled out), where she has been hired to work as a nanny …

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