Movie Review: Boy Erased

The new movie “Boy Erased” that stars Russel Crowe, Nicole Kidman and rising star Lucas Hedges is about the practice of “Conversion Therapy” that is still being used today in most states. This therapy tries to change someone from being gay into being straight. The results of this therapy can be very harmful to whoever is forced to go through the program, and the story of Boy Erased is about the events that precede, follow and during the therapy of the main character Jared Eamons played by Hedges.

The solution to all of hatred and abuse of gay people for so many years in this world is to simply live and let live. Most simply, people minding their own business or having some level of tolerance towards the life choices of other people would alleviate so many problems that include violence against gay people. Only God can judge another person, other people should never judge who another person chooses to be. Trying to change someone into being what they are not, is absurd and barbaric and at they end of this movie, they announce that 700,000 people have been forced to go through Conversion Therapy and it is sill legal is 36 states.

This is s story that needed to be told and several of the scenes in this movie were hard to watch. The acting is outstanding throughout this film, and Lucas Hedges will probably receive an Academy Award nomination for his performance. Russel Crowe gained a great deal of weight for this role and you have to admire his dedication to a relatively small role and gaining what looked to be at least 30 pounds.

The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Boy Erased are a high 85% and I agree with this rating and recommend this movie.