Focus Features | Release Date: November 2, 2018
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BHBarryNov 11, 2018
> "Boy Erased" is a film dealing with gay conversion therapy and stars Lucas Hedge, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Based on the real life memoir of writer Garred Conley the film was written and directed by Joel Edgerton who also plays one> "Boy Erased" is a film dealing with gay conversion therapy and stars Lucas Hedge, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Based on the real life memoir of writer Garred Conley the film was written and directed by Joel Edgerton who also plays one of the "counselors" in the controversial facility. This is not simply a message film but rather a deep and emotional exploration into the workings of an Arkansas family and the life style choices its members are forced to make. Kudos to Ms. Kidman and Mr. Crowe for their fine performances but the film really belongs to Lucas Hedge who, although subjugated to supporting roles in "Manchester by the Sea", "Lady Bird" and "3 Billboads in Montana", brings an honest and moving portrayal of a troubled teen seeking asylum and peace in a world not of his making. I give the film an 8.0 with a reminder that of our 50 states, 34 of them still have not banned this archaic and medieval attempt to change an individual's sexual preference.
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united001Nov 10, 2018
I attended this movie showing with a good friend who is gay but had not read the book upon which the movie is based and only had vague awareness of anything specific but the general theme of gay conversion therapy. By halfway through theI attended this movie showing with a good friend who is gay but had not read the book upon which the movie is based and only had vague awareness of anything specific but the general theme of gay conversion therapy. By halfway through the movie, he had to leave the theater for a short period of time because the movie upset him. Turns out although he was never in formal gay conversion therapy he told me that the religiosity of the movie was accurate so much that it was like watching a bit of a nightmare of his own experiences in religious circles as well as with his own father. At the end of the movie, he stated that he was very glad to have seen the movie, but like a PTSD survivor, he said that he would never watch the movie again. He did comment that he would consider sending a copy of the movie upon its release in that manner to his father who in many ways resembled Jared's father. I found the movie slow in places and it does jump back and forth through time, but that is how the book was written by Mr. Conley. I have not seen the other gay conversion movie recently released. This movie takes seriously what "But I'm A Cheerleader" made fun of and was entirely useless to point out the extreme emotional damage done by such practices that still go on today and are not labeled as crimes of child abuse, which is what gay conversion attempts really are. The acting was off the charts good. Lucas Hedges perfection. Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe spectacular. Joel Edgerton was spectacular. The score is superb, Troye Sivan very good in his minor role, but his singing as always perfect for the occasion. In my opinion, Boy Erased took a good book that was somewhat muted in emotion until the very end and used it to create an extremely powerful screenplay that is both appropriately emotional as well as instructive in a way the movies sometimes need to be when such ignorance such as gay conversion therapy needs a voice to point out what society still allows that is still so wrong on so many levels.
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GreatMartinNov 16, 2018
This past summer there was a film about a young lesbian sent to a Christian 'conversion camp' "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" and in my review I wrote: "Before the film started there was a preview of a coming movie called “Boy Erased”This past summer there was a film about a young lesbian sent to a Christian 'conversion camp' "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" and in my review I wrote: "Before the film started there was a preview of a coming movie called “Boy Erased” about the son of a Baptist preacher who is forced to participate in a church-supported conversion starring Lucan Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Cherry Jones. I am hoping this is what I wanted “Miseducation” to be and wasn’t." Unfortunately "Boy Erased" fails in the same way that "Miseducation" did in not going deeper into what happens at these 'conversion' camps except in a fleeting way.

It certainly goes further into the child and his parents with the father being a preacher and the mother and 'obedient' Christian wife. With the father played by Russell Crowe and the mother played by Nicole Kidman, each having their moments, the relationship with their son hits many an emotional note.

Lucas Hedges, as the son, gets every nuance of a boy who doesn't know himself, who goes to a place where people are trying to make him something he isn't. We meet him just before he is sent off to the camp and because the movie is not told in a linear fashion it takes time to find out he was sexually assaulted and his father finding out about that is what starts his going to the camp. Hedges goes through the complete arc of a boy becoming a man accepting himself as he is and expecting others to and if they won't not being in his life.

A cameo by Cherry Jones got applause from the mainly gay audience. Talking about that audience it was one of the biggest crowds I have seen at a matinee without it being a holiday show and most of the after talk in the lobby was about the recent spate of movies being non-linear and photographed so darkly. Also, Joel Edgerton who directed and wrote the screenplay based on the memoir by Gerrard Conley plays one of the camp's therapists carrying on the latest fad of one person doing too many jobs on a film.

The last half hour of "Boy Erased" is worth sitting through the first slow-moving emotionally divorced hour and a half. What positive thing many writers and directors are doing is adding additional information at the end of based on a true story film and this does supply the audience with a lot of information about the results of these camps, what has happened to the people involved and, in this case, how much Russell Crowe looks like the boy's real father!

I am still waiting for a movie to really look at the gay conversion therapy camps, what they do, the physical and emotional abuse they put the children through and all the money they make.
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moviemitch96Nov 17, 2018
Joel Edgerton wrote, starred in, and directed this film about a young man who finds himself coming out as gay to his parents following a traumatic experience with another man at college. He is subsequently sent to a gay conversion therapyJoel Edgerton wrote, starred in, and directed this film about a young man who finds himself coming out as gay to his parents following a traumatic experience with another man at college. He is subsequently sent to a gay conversion therapy center run by a highly religious therapist who is much more harsh and judgmental than he initially appears. This is such important and tender subject matter that I was hoping the film wouldn't have shyed away from as much in favor of focusing more on melodramatic moments, but there are still a couple of scenes that really left a big impact and showcased the difficulties and oppressions those in the LGBT community face all the time sadly. The acting is also the film's biggest highlight, with Lucas Hedges giving a tender and at times highly moving lead performance, as well as some great supporting performances from Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as his parents. Edgerton's turn as the intimidating religious head therapist of the conversion center also leaves a strong and lasting impact during several scenes. Overall, it's themes and subject matter are played out relatively safe often times unfortunately, but it's the committed cast and their great scenes and performances alongside each other that really makes the film.
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Brent_MarchantNov 17, 2018
A well-made fact-based drama that effectively skewers the fallacy of conversion therapy without becoming shrill, resorting to cliches or getting tied up in rhetoric either before or against the idea. With fine performances by Lucas Hedges,A well-made fact-based drama that effectively skewers the fallacy of conversion therapy without becoming shrill, resorting to cliches or getting tied up in rhetoric either before or against the idea. With fine performances by Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Joel Edgerton, the film delivers a solid, well-told story, full of empathy, sincerity and heart by all concerned while exposing a sham treatment for what it sadly is. This strong awards season contender is sure to give many other laudable releases a run for their money.
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