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Boy Erased
Boy Erased (2018)
14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

When you first see the box and description of Boy Erased, you already know that you're going to cry at least once by the end of the movie; and that is exactly what is going to happen, so make sure you have a box of tissues on hand before you begin the movie. If you're looking for a movie which highlights not only the struggles of the lgbtqa+ community but the reality of how far we are yet to equality and how closely we still are to the past treatment of the community, then this is definitely a movie you will want to see.

Boy Erased spectates the journey of a baptist preacher's son, Jared, who not only must overcome the fallout after being outed to his parents, but is pressured into going into conversion therapy. Once at the compound, Jared finds conflict with the camps leader. The film follows Jared as he finds acceptance in his true self.

In 34 states, conversion therapy is still legal and unregulated. This movie highlights this and then some, it shows us exactly how badly people put into these conversion camps are treated and abused. The film, which is based off of a memoir by Garrard Conley, shows the audience something different " something true. Boy Erased has won multiple awards, one of which was the AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2018.

The actors in the film play their parts beautifully; sometimes you think your being presented with true emotions of actors being captured on camera, the film almost seems unscripted at some points; for example some of Jared reactions during abuse scenes or ~cures'. As you watch and get invested into this film, you soon realize just how amazing and beautifully done this is, how well the directors and actors managed to present the book so completely, so outstandingly, as a film.

There are a few parts where it can be a bit graphicly violent, but it's never to the point where you want to stop watching. Within the first 20 minutes (if even), you'll find yourself so invested in the film you won't even realize how much time has passed until the credits roll and you're seeing photos of the actual families, the actual facts behind the film; which, by the way, you DEFINITELY want to wait for!

In conclusion, this film is a must see. My mom is already doing research on places to buy it, and by the end of the movie I was crying without even realizing it, and just staring at the screen in awe of how beautiful and moving it was. My mom had to come over and hug me, tell me she loves me for me, for me to calm down enough to speak. All I can say now, watch the film, you'll be amazed.