(2018) 115 mins
Director: Joel Edgerton
Writers: Joel Edgerton, based on the memoir by Garrard Conley
Cinematography: Eduard Grau
Production Design: Chad Keith
Music: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Jared (Lucas Hedges, nominated for a Golden Globe), is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman). Joel Edgerton’s film takes a hard look at the issues involved in treating same sex attraction as a disease and the resulting personal conflicts. Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name, our journey is through the eyes of the young protagonist, whose upbringing as the son of a Baptist preacher leads him into a profound quandary, making him question himself, his sexuality, faith and relationship with his parents.
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“Though it’s let down by a soundtrack that spends too much time trying to tell us what to feel, this is, as a whole, a finely crafted piece of cinema which handles its explosive subject with great delicacy. It has the paranoid edge of a Seventies science fiction classic but gives way to something more like a homily. Rather than an exhortation to anger, it’s an invitation to think.” Eye for Film
“In navigating the delicate storylines of Jared’s parents, Edgerton mostly does a decent job, conveying that they act out of misguided love and circumstantial concern. While left a bit on the surface and cut brief, the eventually rewarding transformation of Nancy and Marshall is what sets Boy Erased apart. However imperfect, Edgerton’s film aims to intimately speak with parents like them and, who knows, perhaps to even change their hearts for the better.” rogerebert.com
“Lucas Hedges gives a deeply layered and very subtle performance.” The Independent