Boy Erased Movie Synopsis
Boy Erased film will tell the story of Jared, the son of a car salesman and soon-to-be Baptist pastor, who outed to his parents at age 19. As he outed to his parents, Jared was given a choice: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and church. He was enrolled in a Love in Action ex-gay program, and recounts the harm he was subjected to there in the name of curing his sexuality. It is within the program that Jared comes into conflict with its head therapist. The alternative was to risk losing his family, friends and his religion. He entered the program, but instead of emerging from the brutal Twelve-Step Program as heterosexual, he left with the strength to embrace his true identity.
Boy Erased Movie Details
The movie is based on the memoir by Garrard Conley’s “Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family”. The book was first published last year by Penguin Random House, and was issued earlier this year in paperback. It covers the difficulty of coming of age as a gay person in a conservative community, and the struggles that can occur when one tries to suppress that sexual identity. Joel Edgerton has written the screenplay adaptation; Boy Erased will be his second feature as director following the sleeper hit The Gift
Joel Edgerton commented,
“I’m excited to work with an ensemble of actors, seasoned and new, to bring Garrard’s story to the screen”
Edgerton also said that Focus Features is “the perfect partner on this, and I will always thank Garrard for trusting my passion for his life story.” Focus Features was awarded last 2012 the Point Inspiration Award by Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students. It is an award given to a company or organization that champions respect and inclusion of the LGBT community, and operates with the vision to produce a brighter tomorrow.
Focus chairman Peter Kujawski commented,
“Garrard’s story is both timely and timeless, both personal and universal. It is a story which will not only deeply move people, but one that we hope will change outlooks.”
Boy Erased Movie Details
Director: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Lucas Hedges, Reese Witherspoon, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe, Xavier Dolan, Cherry Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Troye Sivan, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Théodore Pellerin, Britton Sear
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Family
Runtime: 105 min
If you support the LGBTQ or one of the community, and don’t have the courage to out your true self, this movie will open your eyes and give the courage and motivation you need. Catch Boy Erased movie premiering on November 2, 2018.