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Boy Erased Reviews

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½ March 4, 2019
I had high expectations for this movie, and I am pleased to say that it definitely lived up to them. In fact, it moved me more than I expected it to. It brought out a few tears, but more so it made me angry, frustrated and just terribly sympathetic with the main characters. The fact that it is based on a true story makes it all the more powerful, but as a story in its own right it still stands up.

Lucas Hedges is fantastic as the central character, Jared. The rest of the cast is phenomenal as well... I particularly loved Nicole Kidman's performance as Jared's mother, who's heart is always in the right place. Each character either makes you want to hug them or punch them... No character will not make you feel something.

To sum up, this is a great film that tells a moving story... It is definitely worth a watch.
March 3, 2019
being gay is not a choice. Great Acting by the cast of this movie, very believable how real these situations of conversion therapy are in real life
March 1, 2019
I enjoyed the movie and everything in it, good meaning as well.
½ March 1, 2019
Tells an important story in a moving fashion.
½ March 1, 2019
Important subjct, important movie, great performances. The direction didn┬┤t bring it on so well for my taste, there are more and more movies that just feel like TV movies, same with Beatiful Boy.
February 24, 2019
Was shocked that this was based on a true story! Very proud that the production was supported by the Episcopal Church of America.
February 23, 2019
As a Christian I can only cringe to imagine what an unbeliever in this day and age making a movie like this would choose to put in it. What we need is balance. We need to hear stories from people who have gone through this kind of therapy and found it successful and helpful, in addition to those who have gone through it and found it unhelpful. Or worse. And it would seem silly to expect that all programs go about it in the same way. For every young man that has found conversion therapy unhelpful I bet there are 3 that have found it helpful. I recall one doctor who gave his life to helping young men dealing with unwanted homosexual attraction. 35 years or so of practice. The polarizing issue is whether or not homosexuality is right or wrong. And whether it is a part of one's identity or just simply a temptation like some experience towards pedaphilia or cleptomania or even heterosexual sexual addictions. But this movie only demonizes the side that disagrees with its director. I personally experienced same sex attraction while growing up. I can relate to the director. But he chose a completely different path than I did on the issue. And I don't appreciate the way he has chosen to caricature the other side. It is not balanced. Not even close. But that is because he came to a different conclusion about whether or not it truly is harmful and sinful or not. That really is the issue. I could point to millions of people like myself who successfully resisted same sex attraction and are incredibly grateful for those who helped. I respect Edgerton. I disagree with his underlying conclusions, and the lack of attempt to show the other side's view with any semblance of balance.
½ February 21, 2019
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.
February 20, 2019
This movie was weaker than I thought it would be and given the strong subject matter I was hoping for something better. I'm going to be brutally honest and admit that at points I was slightly bored and the film was definitely overlong. The story never seemed to find its stride and there was too much time spent at the centre with not enough happening there (bar a few moments here and there that were certainly tense and engaging). The acting was good but it definitely felt like there was room for a better telling of this tale.
February 20, 2019
Not a bad movie, but disappointing. The movie did not seem to sympathize much with the children, instead give excuses for the horrible people who did this to them.
½ February 19, 2019
Potent source material grounds this biopic and provides a worthy vehicle for the talented Hedges
February 19, 2019
I didn't want to like this and expected simply another portrayal of backwards religious dipshits - which I can find aggravating to watch - but this made me like it. It's well-crafted and well-acted and tastefully understated. 7.9
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½ February 19, 2019
A sensitive topic that is tackled though the eyes of one of the students in a gay conversion camp. This film fell a bit flat for me, while I of course completely abhor the things that many young LGBT people had to go through in these camps, this film Ô~s tone fluctuated between painfully slow and startling intense making it hard for me to follow the protagonistÔ(TM)s struggle through the movie.
½ February 18, 2019
"Fake it until you make it": I did it! I did fake interest in this movie until the very end, but I did not make it. Mediocre at best, with nothing new to say, with nothing really intriguing nor unexpected. Just as I imagine it before watching it, only worse, and a jumpy story line will not fix any of its problems. So in the end I can say that is full of good intentions, but not much else.
February 18, 2019
Movie has a good story line
February 17, 2019
Boring. Nothing ever happens, doesn't even approach its controversial subject matter in an interesting way.
February 15, 2019
The way the story is told is kind of messy, but the story is interesting
½ February 13, 2019
You wait ages for a film about Christian gay conversion therapy and 2 come along in the space of 6 months, so comparison between this and The Miseducation of Cameron Post becomes inevitable. Both films are about a teenager being sent to a conversion program after being forced to come out to their families. In Cameron Post, based on a novel, her family background is almost irrelevant and the film leans towards understating hippy-indie drama with more artistic visuals and a dreamy construction. Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley's memoir, however is more of a conventional family drama, and we know more about his family's Baptist background. Gritty emotions are also more freely expressed here and the storytelling is more powerful and engaging; especially in dealing with the post-therapy healing and reconciliation that Cameron Post simply fudged over in the name of a poetic ending which I find wanting and meaningless, particularly in light of the way Boy Erased deals with that head-on. Adapted and directed by an admirable and unfussy Joel Edgerton, he doesn't paint those advocating the program as misguided but neither does he demonize them. Instead he shows how, with a loving family, one can come out stronger after such a traumatic experience. Lucas Hedges broods a lot as the lead and his depiction is passive and reactive (like that of Cameron Post) but his arc seems braver and more convincing, and he's well supported by Nicole Kidman who has become indie drama's go-to mom (after Lion and Destroyer). So yes, this may be more mainstream and it certainly has a more recognizable cast, but if that's what it takes to gain more exposure on something so blatantly wrong, then I'm OK with it and I certainly prefer this film over the other one.
½ February 13, 2019
It was a waste of time...so boring
Mistake that i spend a cinema ticket for that, after 30 min i went out.
February 13, 2019
Soooo Boring.. actually the worse movie ever.. we relunctantly gave the extra patience and waited and waited hoping for the movie to get better but it didn´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)t so eventually walked out.. it was not capturing, not progressive but slow and boring.
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