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Boy Erased (2018)

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The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Director:

Joel Edgerton

Writers:

Garrard Conley (based on the memoir Boy Erased by), Joel Edgerton (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucas Hedges ... Jared Eamons
Nicole Kidman ... Nancy Eamons
Russell Crowe ... Marshall Eamons
Madelyn Cline ... Chloe
Victor McCay ... Aaron
David Joseph Craig ... Michael
Troye Sivan ... Gary
Emily Hinkler ... Lee
Devin Michael ... Anders
Matt Burke ... Simon
Lindsey Moser ... Tina
Jesse LaTourette ... Sarah
Britton Sear ... Cameron
David Ditmore ... Phillip
William Ngo ... Carl
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The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Truth Cannot Be Converted

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including an assault, some language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2018 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy Erased See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$207,057, 4 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,788,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,928,149, 6 January 2019
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film to feature longtime friends Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. They were previously set to co-star in a 2005 adaptation of the Australian novel "Eucalyptus," which would have been directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. The troubled production was shut down during table reads of the script and Kidman and Crowe had looked for a new shared project ever since. See more »

Goofs

On the first day of therapy, Jon arrives late, with the top two buttons of his shirt unbuttoned. A moment later while he's seated and begins buttoning his shirt, the top four buttons are unbuttoned. See more »

Quotes

Pastor Wilkes: Nobody talks about the Therapy outside the Therapy!
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Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »

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Time Marches On
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Edgerton delivers one of the best films of 2018
2 November 2018 | by citimetsSee all my reviews

Boy Erased is a memoir by Garrard Conley, and it was adapted to the screen by writer, director, and actor, Joel Edgerton. Lucas Hedges plays Jared, a 19 yr. old boy from a devout baptist family. Jared knows he is gay, but decides not to tell anyone, because being gay is a major sin to Baptist's. When Jared's parents played by a powerful Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe, find out the truth about Jared's sexuality, they have no choice, but to send him to Love in Action, a gay conversion camp to fix his "addiction." The camp is led by Victor Sykes, an ex-gay himself (played by writer/director Joel Edgerton). When Jared begins his time at LIA, he is ready to put his homosexual acts behind him, but as he quickly sees the terrors of LIA's facility, he realizes that he needs to break away and live the life he cannot deny. The film provides many emotional scenes throughout and it gives viewers a look at the horrors of conversion therapy. Before seeing this film, I read the book, and this movie is one of the rare instances when the movie might be better than the book. Edgerton masterfully displays the hurt and sorrow Jared is going through, and the pain he is feeling knowing that his relationship with his family has taken a hit. The scenes between Hedges and Kidman are especially heartfelt and gripping, as well as the last scene between Crowe and Hedges. When the film comes to an end, you will be left feeling many emotions because of the strong emotional tone of the film. The tone is depicted in a clear and concise way by Edgerton, and it's hard to lose interest throughout. Edgerton has provided one of the best movies of 2018, with unforgettable performances led by the tremendous Lucas Hedges. Boy Erased is a poignant film about family, love, and being yourself, and it is an important film which should be seen to make known of these relevant issues and stories.


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