• by Wes Singleton

When the Bough Breaks, D-

Rated PG-13, 107 minutes

The stale, uninspiring new drama "When the Bough Breaks" has been done many times before, and like recent, forgettable thrillers "No Good Deed" or "The Perfect Guy," this one comes with little press or advance previews - never a good sign. This turkey is much more fit for the small screen (Lifetime or TNT, we're looking at you) but it does have a few over-the-top, highly implausible moments that are fitfully entertaining yet would never, ever happen in real life. Young, professional and successful, John (Morris Chestnut) and Laura (Regina Hall) Taylor desperately want to have a baby, but are unable to conceive. After exhausting all other options, the couple hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), a beautiful young woman who agrees to become a surrogate mother for the Taylors, but then they realize she's a psychopath out to destroy their family. Directed by Jon Casser of TV's "24" and written by Nick Olsen, "When the Bough Breaks" is as awful and dumb as the trailers make it out to be, though Chestnut and Hall, both talented, handsome actors, should know better than to do straight-to-DVD dreck like this that blatantly rips off other movies like Beyonce's "Obsessed" or even "Fatal Attraction." The whole crazy surrogate bee-yatch card has been played before as well (and on the small screen, no surprise), with this being a retread of last year's equally terrible "Deadly Adoption" starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. It starts out slow but modestly engaging, but with every twist and turn, it becomes more soapy and implausible, and you that this girl is trouble when she hides tags on her clothing and has a loser of an abusive boyfriend pushing her to do this for the cash. By the time it finally gets to the end, you're just thankful to to get up and go. "When the Bough Breaks" has a few entertaining moments, but is hardly subtle in terms of seduction or betrayal. Throw this rotten cheeseball out with the trash, and don't look back.

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