BOY ERASED (M) Disavow or dis­ap­pear, US, 114 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Flicks -

This fas­ci­nat­ing, mov­ing and well-acted drama fo­cuses on the con­tro­ver­sial prac­tice of con­ver­sion ther­apy, in which ho­mo­sex­ual youth are shipped off to re­li­giously in­clined re­hab fa­cil­i­ties to “pray the gay away.” Work­ing in writer-di­rec­tor mode, Aus­tralian ac­tor Joel Edger­ton tack­les this com­plex, hot-but­ton topic with im­pres­sive lev­els of tact, sen­si­tiv­ity and bal­anced in­sight. The true story told here is based on the best-sell­ing mem­oirs of Gar­rard Con­ley (played by Lucas Hedges), the gay son of an Amer­i­can Bap­tist preacher (Russell Crowe) who was trans­ferred to a con­ver­sion clinic dur­ing his first year in col­lege. Per­for­mances across the board here are strong and com­mit­ted - Ni­cole Kid­man is a stand­out as Gar­rard’s qui­etly sup­port­ive mum - as is the film’s elo­quent push for greater ac­cep­tance and un­der­stand­ing.

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