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Boy Erased

Boy Erased (Joel Edgerton, 2018) wr. Joel Edgerton, prod. Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Joel Edgerton; Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton; gay conversion; released 2Nov18

Synopsis: Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents and faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.

Variety's 'review' is written by a gay man (Peter Debruge) who discloses that at the end tho not at the start (which he perhaps should, as it influences his whole article). He has, however, disclosed so much about that not only do I not want to see it, I don't need to see it, as he's SPOILT it. Here's how he begins.

Who benefits from gay conversion therapy? Do the parents, who send their queer and questioning kids to be 'cured' of their same-sex attractions? Do the young people who are brainwashed into denying the urges they believe to be sinful? Does God? The answer, at least according to Joel Edgerton’s earnestly anti-heteronormative drama Boy Erased, appears to be that only the charlatans who run such camps seem to thrive, while everyone else winds up hating themselves.

Garry Gillard | New: 15 August, 2018 | Now: 19 January, 2019