Theatrical Reviews

Boy Erased Review

Boy Erased 1

Universal Pictures   

What’s It About?
The true story of an American student who, after coming out to his religious parents, is sent to conversion therapy to remove these urges.   

Who’s In It?
Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea, Lady Bird, & more recently Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, The Others, & more recently Aquaman)   

Other notables include:
Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, & more recently The Nice Guys)
Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Black Mass, & more recently Red Sparrow)   

Director: Joel Edgerton (The Gift)   

Audiences Expect:
Expectations were understandably high following actor/director Joel Edgerton’s follow up to the intriguing chiller The Gift.
This time around, however, he has gone for a full on drama, based on a true story of Garrard Conley, a young student who comes out to his parents. His father, who is the local pastor, decides the best course of action is to book him onto a conversion therapy course to heal him from these urges.
There, the young lad Jared meets similar teens, both male and female, under the tutelage of Victor Sykes, played by Edgerton himself, who becomes an increasingly sinister character.
There are some fine performances here, notably from Lucas Hedges as Jared, but also by Nicole Kidman as his increasingly distraught mother, as well as the creepily charismatic Joel Edgerton.
Despite these performances, however, and the subject matter, the film just never seems to push on, and never feels to fully invest in its characters, often leaving the audience feeling distant and rarely  connected to them.  

In A Nutshell: An interesting story, with some great performances, but it ultimately feels like it pulls its punches.  

The performances   

The script pulls its punches at times and distances the audience from the characters at times

Certificate: 15