Review: Boy Erased

According to the book Neurotribes by Steve Silberman, ABA “therapy” was historically utilized for the same nefarious purpose.

One Movie, Our Views

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name, which documented his experience of being sent to a program meant to “fix him” for being gay, Boy Erased is an emotional and at times harrowing drama about the horrors of conversion therapy that provides a powerful showcase for Lucas Hedges.

The film focuses on Jared Eamons (Hedges), a young gay man who feels forced to stay in the closet due to the religious beliefs of his family, but gets outed at college after becoming the victim of a serious sexual assault, and is sent by his Baptist preacher father Marshall (Russell Crowe) to a gay conversion camp run by the “ex-gay” councillor Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton).

The program blames being gay on problems in the family, and the participants are subjected to invasive psychological exams and different therapy methods built around a system…

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