Boy Erased Trailer Attracts Oscar Buzz
Tuesday saw the release of the trailer for the upcoming film Boy Erased and is already gaining Oscar buzz!
Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe, Boy Erased is a coming-of-age drama based on the real-life experience of a teen boys time in a conversion therapy camp.
Hedges plays the role of Jared; a young boy raised in a predominately Christian family struggling to come to terms with the fact that he is gay.
When his parents (Kidman and Crowe) discover their son’s sexuality, they pressure him into attending a conversion therapy program (ran by Joel Edgerton, who is the writer, director, and producer of the film) to fix the problem. Should Jared opt-out, his parents will have no choice but to shun their son from his family
The movie, which is based on the book Boy Erased: A Memoir, has already gained buzz for the 2019 award season including the Academy Awards.
Hedges was previously nominated for his work in Manchester by the Sea. Meanwhile, Kidman and Crowe have already won Oscars in their own right.
The main point that Boy Erased tackles is conversion therapy. This is a practice psychologist use to change an individual’s sexual orientation. They go from having an attraction to the same-sex to one that is heterosexual. They do this by use of psychological intervention.
Conversion therapy is a widely discredited practice. Many survivors of said therapy become victims of emotional and physical abuse.
In the United States, 11 states and Washington D.C ban conversion therapy. However, in a report by the Huffington Post in January, about 698,000 LGBTQ Americans between the age of 18 and 59 have undergone conversion therapy.
Boy Erased looks like the film to tackle such a controversial topic. This film can help spread awareness to the dangers of conversion therapy.
Boy Erased has a November 2nd release date in theaters.