Boy Erased

Boy Erased

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DVD - 2019
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Cruel circumstance provided college freshman Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) with a traumatic and humiliating outing to his conservative Baptist parents (Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe). After they push him into gay conversion therapy, his experiences within the program may permanently fissure the family they thought they were repairing.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE BOY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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richmole
Jul 13, 2019

WE have two people to thank for this movie:
Garrard Conley, whose memoir inspired it. And Joel Edgerton who wrote the script, directed the movie and starred in it as well, much like he did on The Gift in 2015. That makes it very close to a one-man movie--similar to his hugely successful 2015 hit, The Gift.

This time, there's a third man to thank for making the movie as compelling as it is: the young star of the film, Lucas Hedges, (Oscar-nominated for Manchester By the Sea; Lady Bird; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.)

Edgerton's script about the angst and horror produced by anti-gay Conversion Therapy (still legal in some Canadian provinces)--resulted in a four-way bidding war. Focus Features won. What Focus gets--at least, 10 months after the movie's release--is mostly prestige bragging rights. Gay issues can mean big box office (Milk, 2008 was huge money-maker--over twice its cost), but things can change rapidly and this movie wasn't the "ground-breaker" that Milk was for Focus Features, 10 years before. This film barely broke even--likely a small loss for Focus.

Don't let that deter you from seeing it. It's a very good film, and Hedges is outstanding--again. A good performance also by Nicole Kidman as the boy's mother.

NOTE OF CAUTION:
You may not wish to see this movie if your faith means you believe homosexuality is NOT genetic predisposition, but something "learned" which can be "unlearned" through Conversion Therapy. But--again--don't let that deter you unnecessarily. At the very least, it might be instructive for to see how the "cure" affects some of the "afflicted."

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Micpark2012
Jul 08, 2019

Important story. The things that happen in the United States surprises me.

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Martha C Benner
Jun 20, 2019

A very good movie about a subject that we all need to be aware of and try to end it. I found it interesting and well acted.

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moviefan01
Jun 13, 2019

Amazing movie. Well acted, with strong performances throughout. Yes, some out of sequence editing got me lost for a hot minute. Wasn't sure which made me more uncomfortable: A sexual assault scene, or the scene where the "Christians" beat up the gay kid with the Bibles. Interesting that Russell Crowe was cast as the Baptist minister at odds with his son's homosexuality: Didn't Crowe play a gay man in one of his early films?

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mr_chocolate
Jun 04, 2019

A good attempt to cover another atrocity that continue's today. Well acted however did find it to be slow to understand, and put the pieces together, due to poor editing and directing, unless that was the intent.
Bonus features were included on this DVD.

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maipenrai
May 17, 2019

This is an important film about the evil that is being / can be perpetrated in the the name of Christianity. The states of New Jersey (2013), California (2013), Oregon (2015), Illinois (2016), Vermont (2016), New Mexico (2017), Connecticut (2017), Rhode Island (2017), Nevada (2018), Washington (2018), Hawaii (2018), Delaware (2018), Maryland (2018), New Hampshire (2019), New York (2019), and Massachusetts (2019),[188] as well as the District of Columbia (2015) and Puerto Rico (2019) ban the use of conversion therapy on minors. wiki ***** Please note that Minnesota still allows the practice against the advise of medical / psychological practitioners. ******* (CNN) Sat April 27, 2019 Minnesota is the latest state to move toward making so-called "conversion therapy" illegal. It's one of 39 states to introduce bills on conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Twenty-four states have introduced such bills just this year, according to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization named for the 1994 short film "Trevor" that works on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth. Lawmakers in the Minnesota's Democrat-controlled House voted last week on a measure that would ban mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with anyone under the age of 18 or with vulnerable adults. The measure passed 72-53 as part of a larger bill about health and human services programs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — May 10, 2019 A new wrinkle has emerged in the debate over whether Minnesota should ban so-called gay conversion therapy for minors — the top Senate Republican has an adult child who came out as a lesbian as a teenager and now identifies as bi-gender. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka tells the Star Tribune he cries over the issue. Gazelka, a conservative Christian, remained silent during debate on a Democratic proposal to ban the practice of trying to turn gay people straight, but *******led his caucus in voting it down.*********
The newspaper reported Friday that 30-year-old Genna Gazelka, who uses the pronoun “they,” is fiercely opposed to conversion therapy and says it’s tantamount to torture.
Now Paul Gazelka says he’s working to find a compromise. He says he doesn’t support “coercive” counseling.

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tuckerclan
May 10, 2019

Very good movie about a very tough subject. Worth watching.

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josfellows
May 08, 2019

Boy Erased is truly a heartbreaking movie. I feel for those who are forced to go through this torture under the guise of "therapy."

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B00ks2go
May 06, 2019

Not brilliant acting, but it must have been a hard movie to make. This appears to be the story of one of the less evil conversion therapy programs--at least we didn't see electroshock, or other physical torture. This was based on psychological torture and humiliation. There are hints, however, that things get much much worse once parents abandon their children to the center. It is difficult for young people today to grasp what happened to Gay people in the 50s and 60s, so this is a good introduction to more recent Gay history. The one big issue I had is that--it seems like I should as "as always" to this sentence--Gay and pedophile are conflated in one of the characters.

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kozakd
May 01, 2019

Riveting, upsetting and at times shocking cruelty. Please, please leave the gay/straight alliances alone.

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 1 of 4
Morning. Hi. Sinful, salacious, and extraneous materials. All reading material and films and television are off limits while inside the program. I am using sexual sin and homosexuality to fill a God-shaped void in my life. … But I am not broken, and God loves me. … Good. That is very true. Now somebody tell me what this is.
-A dollar.
A dollar. Now, no matter how much you crumple up a dollar bill, you can never take away its value. Now even if you were to rip it, which would represent our being severed from Christ, well, guess what? You can always tape it back together. Jesus puts us back together. And even though there is a scar, our value does not change. You are somebody. … You are worth something. … And that is a fact. …

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 2 of 4
Now, this may be the toughest, but most rewarding 12 days that many of you will ever face. But we have just one task, to bring ourselves back to God. To invite him back in. To understand how he truly meant to create us before all those pieces got torn away. Now, look, I know the road here wasn't easy for many of you. But I promise a smoother ride now that you're here. Because we are about to go on an amazing journey together. So, who's ready? That was a question. Who's ready? Say amen!
-Amen.
Amen! If you know you're worth a dollar, say amen!

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 3 of 4
-Amen!
Welcome to the Refuge program! Come on! That's right, great souls! Great! Now, I'm gonna tell you something that's gonna make you immediately feel a little better. People tell you… you can be born gay, that's not true. You cannot be born a homosexual, this is a lie. Now, I'm a counselor and a pastor, but was I born that way? No. It's behavioral. It's a choice. Cameron, you, you, uh, play football? Yeah?
- Yeah.
Were you born that way?
- No.
No. Now, you chose to be a football player, right? It's behavior. Now, if you... If Cameron stops playing football, he no longer is a football player. We gotta learn for ourselves where behavior comes from so we can cut it out and then we can no longer be labeled that way. Now, who can tell us what a genogram is?

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 4 of 4
Phillip. Well, a genogram is like a family tree... Mmm. ...only one that shows patterns of family behavior as well. Sort of like an illustrated one. Yes. Now, we are going to draw our family tree and we're gonna list next to these people their behavioral sin. So, they made us and they labeled us, so we're gonna label them. Michael, can you read the behavioral sins? We use the letters SSA or H to label same sex attraction or homosexuality, D for drugs, a dollar sign for gambling, A, alcoholism, P, promiscuity, M, mental illness, capital A, lowercase B for abortion, capital P, lowercase O for pornography, and C or G, criminal or gang affiliation. You're forgetting DV, domestic violence. Capital D, lowercase V,

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Mar 01, 2019

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