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Boy Erased (2018)

A star-studded, dark, but tender look at a victim of conversion therapy.

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

movie

Australia, United States of America
English
A-list actors, Tear-jerker, Touching
2018
Joel Edgerton
Britton Sear, Cherry Jones, David Ditmore
115 min

Synopsis

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Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

Our Take

9.0
The Staff

Russel Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and the immensely talented young actor Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) form an amazing pack of talent in this excellent drama. The story is based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, a true story. Set among deeply pious Christians in Arkansas, Hedges plays 18-year-old Jared Eamons, who discovers that he is gay. Crowe plays the father, a car dealer and a preacher, and Kidman the mom, who is a sweet-natured hairdresser with traditional values. When their son comes out to them after concealing his sexuality for some time, they pressure Jared into going to a Christian conversion camp, where his “lifestyle choice” is to be “prayed away”. The unspeakable camp is led by the Victor Sykes, who is as sinister as he is stupid, played with aplomb by Joel Edgerton, the writer and director. It’s a funny sidenote to a serious movie that many actors in this Southern drama are from Australia, including Edgerton, Crowe, and Kidman as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player extraordinaire, Flea, who plays a drill-instructor-type PE teacher at the camp. The powerful performances are indeed what drive this drama and they contribute significantly to telling a story that needed to be told.

Comments

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NewfoundMovieReligion

Great movie! Emotional roller coaster, I love how they told this story about a harsh reality. ** I stood and I applauded for Nicole Kidman’s character

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jeremiahriz

This make sense!

J
jeremiahriz

I love this movie

P
pamcherry

A simple movie about a complex reality. Even today, many parents don’t understand that they’re wrong to prevent their kids from being who they are. That’s what this movie shows.

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Bill Klimko

It’s hard to believe there are hideous organizations like this. The movie pisses you off more and more as the story unravels and these children are scarred for life.

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