Boy Erased

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  114 min.
In theatres:
November 9, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
November 16, 2018 - Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Halifax

Current rating: Rating: 3.83
based on 24 votes and 7 reviews
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Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan

Synopsis

Jared (Lucas Hedges) is the teenage son of a Baptist minister (Russell Crowe) in a small American town. Although his mother (Nicole Kidman) loves him unconditionally, his father tells Jared he'll have to disown him when the teen admits he's attracted to men.

His mother takes him to a church-run gay conversion program, where they teach the patients that no one is born a homosexual, that it's a choice. He's told that God will not love him the way that he is. However, Jared has a hard time trying to wrap his head around these ideas.

Director: Joel Edgerton
Studio: Universal Pictures
Screenplay: Joel Edgerton
Official Site: BoyErasedMovie.com

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  • 1 star "H. E. L. L. NO!!! Just because certain people of the 20th century and now the: [21st Century] people, EMBRACES: homosexuals... And now dirtied up the words: gay; and marriage; and... "perverted" the symbol and element of the: rainbow; which is suppose to represent "gay" and its movement... And they take it and put it in a made sentimental movie... Don't mean its right! Nor expectable, nor entertaining..."
  • 5 stars "An 18 year-old son of a minister is sent to conversion camp to get the "gay" scrubbed out of him. The film is rich in adult themes---the continuing view of homosexuality as sin; the conflict of sexuality and fundamentalist; the scamish nature of many treatment centers in general; the parental conflict of children's values different from your own. Nicole Kidman floats along for the first 3/4 of the film as the quiet passive wife, but as her character steps up to keep her family from falling apart, Kidman shows her acting chops and takes over the film. It's a remarkable performance. --gurubob---------------------------------------90/100"
  • 2 stars "Lucas Hedges much more convincing as the gay teen he is, he was unconvincing as a straight teen in his other films. He should stick to playing gay men."