Golden Globe Nominee – Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (Lucas Hedges), Best Original Song
Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe, Boy Erased plunges into the cloistered world of conversion therapy and tracks a young man’s uphill journey from ostracism toward self-acceptance.
Jared (Hedges) belongs to a loving middle-class Arkansas family. Living at home with his mother (Kidman) and Baptist minister father (Crowe), he gets good grades, plays basketball, and is in a steady — but chaste — relationship with a girl from school. Everything in his life is fine, until a college friend outs Jared as gay. Surprised, but attempting to be supportive in their own way, Jared’s parents send him to Refuge, a church-supported program predicated on the notion that homosexuality is an affliction, curable through confession and the reinforcement of gender stereotypes. Overseen by Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton), the program’s bullying and bigotry fosters and environment that leads Jared to wonder if it’s really him or others who need to be healed. Based on a memoir by Garrard Conley, Boy Erased considers what it means to reconcile one’s upbringing with one’s self-respect and moral truths.
(USA / 2018 / Directed by Joel Edgerton)
R / 1 hr 54 mins.