Living in a post-apocalyptic world, Malorie -- Sandra Bullock's character in Suzanne Bier's Bird Box -- makes some very clear cut choices when it comes to the names of her children: Girl and Boy. Psychologically it's clear that this is done to create a bit of emotional distance between her and them, avoiding getting too attached and potentially hurt, but you may have also noticed watching the movie that she still finds herself calling out to her daughter a whole hell of a lot:
The CinemaBlend video team found a bit of inspiration recently watching Bird Box, specifically noticing that the word "Girl" is repeated many, many times throughout the movie. Not all of the utterances are in reference to the character played by Vivien Lyra Blair, as there are a few moments in the film where it was said before Girl was born, but there is no question that the majority of the times it's said in a loud, panicking cry.
All together the word "Girl" is said in Bird Box a whopping 30 times -- but this isn't really any kind of negative commentary about the way the movie is put together. The reality is that the developments and actions taken in the story simply require Malorie to call out to her child a lot, particularly because the entire family is almost always blindfolded. If the daughter had been named "Karen," we might have been able to put together an equally fun video with that in substitute.
If you haven't seen Bird Box, you may be wondering why Malorie says "Girl" a lot more than "Boy," and the answer is essentially linked to the behaviors of the character. As is punctuated by the last line in the video, the little one has a tendency to wander off occasionally, despite the fact that she lives in a hyper-dangerous world with a very strict mother. As a result, Boy (Julian Edwards) is usually where Malorie knows he is, but she is forced to keep calling after her straying daughter.
Based on the novel of the same name and written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), Bird Box is a non-linear sci-fi horror film that finds the world terrorized by a seemingly invisible alien presence that causes people to become psychotic and suicidal. It alternates between two separate points in the story: when Malorie is trying to survive during the early days of the invasion, and later when she is trying to navigate to a potential safe haven with her two children.
Bird Box is now available to stream for all Netflix subscribers, and is reportedly one of the most popular original films that has ever been released on the service. And if you enjoyed this supercut, be sure to head over to our YouTube page and subscribe so that you can get all of our latest videos.
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