A subject that deserves a bigger stage. Now this about a preacher's son (Lucas Hedges). He comes out to his parents and his father (Russell Crowe) tells him that he can either change his lifestyle or find somewhere else to live. Enter a conversion therapy program. Now this was one that was on my radar, but I was unable to find a means of watching it before I posted my Best of the Year list. It is that type of story that could potentially clean up at the Oscars, and in addition to the above talent, there is also Nicole Kidman and Joel Edgerton, the latter of which is doing quadruple duty in being producer, screenplay writer, director and playing the villain here. Somebody being that invested makes it a passion project, and I think it shows with the movie that they made. As far as I know, we haven't gotten a film on this sensitive subject before (please correct me if I am wrong). It is based off a real life memoir, so in that regard, it is a bit depressing, but I do feel that it is necessary. I think that the reason to watch this is for the performances. The actors they got for this are top notch, and Nicole Kidman shows the extent of the range she has; she plays a very country mother, but she manages to do so without coming off as a cartoon. I think Crowe is serviceable, but not terrific. I feel like they try to give him some more dimension as this is wrapping up, but at the point, you've likely already made up your mind on him unless you happen to be an anti-gay preacher yourself. It is really Lucas Hedges' movie, though, and he remains an actor to look out for. I've now seen over half a dozen of his films, and while he has been quality in every single one of them, I think I am about ready for him to try something a little different. He is constantly playing a troubled young man, and at this point I want to see him in something lighter, like a romantic comedy. I never really fell in love with this movie, but I did consistently like it. I think the vast majority of people will agree that this practice is terrible, so I kept questioning why this was here... until the end credits rolled. As of writing this, conversion therapy is still legal in 35 states, and that fact alone did take me aback. Maybe this movie will make a difference, but it is a pretty small film that I personally feel will struggle to find its audience. It is still well made with a beautiful score, so I can personally recommend it.