Boy Erased is a American-Australian coming-of-age drama film based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name. It is written for the screen and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also produces with Kerry Kohansky Roberts and Steve Golin. The film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Edgerton, and follows the son of Baptist parents who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2018, its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 2, 2018, by Focus Features.
Jared Eamons(Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) as gay at the age of 19. Jared is quickly pressured into attending a gay conversion therapy program – or else be shunned by his family, friends, and church. It is within the program that Jared comes into conflict with its head therapist (Joel Edgerton).
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION HAVE ALREADY HEARD STORIES LIKE THIS REPEATEDLY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, AND ON TOP OF THAT, THIS IS A RATHER MILD TELLING.
Joel Edgerton’s new conversion-therapy drama, Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name, preaches to the choir, which in this case happens to be predominantly secular. This is a stern, serious, self-righteous movie made for and by people who are against conversion therapy. Very little here is surprising—and that’s the problem. Those who have been paying attention have already heard stories like this repeatedly in the past few years, and on top of that, this is a rather mild telling.