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Here’s Your First Look at the Tragic “Boy Erased”

Joel Edgerton has been one of the most versatile actors of the last decade, in films as wide-ranging as Warrior, The Great Gatsby and Loving. He's also proven himself as a writer, with the female-led Western Jane Got a Gun and the ultra-creepy thriller The Gift.

For his second film as director, the Australian great is tackling Garrard Conley's memoir Boy Erased. As a teen, Conley was outed as gay to his religious conservative parents, and forced into a "conversion therapy" program in hopes of changing his sexuality.

In this adaptation, Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) plays Jared, with Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as his concerned parents. Take a look at the first images from the film below.

Nicole Kidman stars as “Nancy” and Russell Crowe stars as “Marshall” in Joel Edgerton’s BOY ERASED, a Focus Features release.

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Boy Erased opens in limited release on Friday, September 28.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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