“When the Bough Breaks” (Screen Gems)

Morris Chesnut and Regina Hall star in a scene from the movie "When the Bough Breaks." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service

A lurid thriller about the desperate measures prospective parents take to start a family is, in the end, a cautionary tale about misplaced morality, directed by Jon Cassar.

An attractive professional couple (Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut), following multiple miscarriages and failed in vitro fertilization, want a baby. They go shopping for a surrogate (Jaz Sinclair), a wide-eyed beauty who is not as innocent as she seems. Over the course of nine months, she becomes increasingly deranged and obsessed with the baby’s father.

Predictability aside, the film’s fundamental premise is false: that in vitro fertilization, and the surrogacy option, are completely normal, natural choices. On the contrary, the Catholic Church teaches that IVF is gravely immoral, particularly as the process requires the test-tube creation of multiple human embryos, most of which do not survive.

A benign attitude toward abortion and immoral methods of conception such as in vitro fertilization and surrogacy, domestic violence, mild gore, marital sensuality, partial nudity, and occasional crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O –- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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