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Boy Erased


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.

"Based on a true story (with the names slightly altered) by actor/director Joel Edgerton, the film boasts a range of great performances by fine actors, including the up-and-coming and soon to be ubiquitous Lucas Hedges. It also offers a screenplay penned by Edgerton that treats the subject and its opposing views with care and consideration.

Hedges presents a believable and empathetic portrait of a tormented youth who struggles with his faith, his intellect and his instinct. But it’s the performances by Russell Crowe as his father, Marshall, and Nicole Kidman as mother Nancy that are the most revelatory. Crowe plays Marshall as a man of deep faith struggling to find a path to love and acceptance, and Kidman is truly wonderful as a mother who quietly negotiates the middle ground between husband and son until she must ultimately take a stand.

Edgerton does a fine job throughout of presenting the opposing views in the debate (though the film clearly takes a side) and that’s probably one of the film’s most redeeming features, that it refuses to sneer at the conservative Christian perspective even as it powerfully debunks the case for gay conversion therapy. Add to that a slew of solid and heartfelt performances, and you have an intelligent and emotionally charged film that will appeal to just about everyone."

Courtesy - Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

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Directed by: 
Joel Edgerton
Running Time: 
Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe
Screenplay by: 
Garrard Conley, Joel Edgerton
Language May Offend
14A - Sexual Violence

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