Boy Erased

Boy Erased

DVD - 2019
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MPAA rating: R; for sexual content including an assault, some language and brief drug use CHV rating: 14A.
Boy Erased tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents. His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.

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maipenrai
May 17, 2019

This is an important film about the evil that is being / can be perpetrated in the the name of Christianity. The states of New Jersey (2013), California (2013), Oregon (2015), Illinois (2016), Vermont (2016), New Mexico (2017), Connecticut (2017), Rhode Island (2017), Nevada (2018), Washington (2018), Hawaii (2018), Delaware (2018), Maryland (2018), New Hampshire (2019), New York (2019), and Massachusetts (2019),[188] as well as the District of Columbia (2015) and Puerto Rico (2019) ban the use of conversion therapy on minors. wiki ***** Please note that Minnesota still allows the practice against the advise of medical / psychological practitioners. ******* (CNN) Sat April 27, 2019 Minnesota is the latest state to move toward making so-called "conversion therapy" illegal. It's one of 39 states to introduce bills on conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Twenty-four states have introduced such bills just this year, according to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization named for the 1994 short film "Trevor" that works on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth. Lawmakers in the Minnesota's Democrat-controlled House voted last week on a measure that would ban mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with anyone under the age of 18 or with vulnerable adults. The measure passed 72-53 as part of a larger bill about health and human services programs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — May 10, 2019 A new wrinkle has emerged in the debate over whether Minnesota should ban so-called gay conversion therapy for minors — the top Senate Republican has an adult child who came out as a lesbian as a teenager and now identifies as bi-gender. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka tells the Star Tribune he cries over the issue. Gazelka, a conservative Christian, remained silent during debate on a Democratic proposal to ban the practice of trying to turn gay people straight, but *******led his caucus in voting it down.*********
The newspaper reported Friday that 30-year-old Genna Gazelka, who uses the pronoun “they,” is fiercely opposed to conversion therapy and says it’s tantamount to torture.
Now Paul Gazelka says he’s working to find a compromise. He says he doesn’t support “coercive” counseling.

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tuckerclan
May 10, 2019

Very good movie about a very tough subject. Worth watching.

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josfellows
May 08, 2019

Boy Erased is truly a heartbreaking movie. I feel for those who are forced to go through this torture under the guise of "therapy."

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B00ks2go
May 06, 2019

Not brilliant acting, but it must have been a hard movie to make. This appears to be the story of one of the less evil conversion therapy programs--at least we didn't see electroshock, or other physical torture. This was based on psychological torture and humiliation. There are hints, however, that things get much much worse once parents abandon their children to the center. It is difficult for young people today to grasp what happened to Gay people in the 50s and 60s, so this is a good introduction to more recent Gay history. The one big issue I had is that--it seems like I should as "as always" to this sentence--Gay and pedophile are conflated in one of the characters.

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kozakd
May 01, 2019

Riveting, upsetting and at times shocking cruelty. Please, please leave the gay/straight alliances alone.

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yesbyedith
Apr 30, 2019

Conversion therapy seems to be how to "live in the closet" which gays have "come out of". I see parents wanting children to behave "normally ".
No one can change what another THINKS. Very interesting treatment, great script and actors...

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Ky68RasK
Apr 26, 2019

Very good acting by Hedges, though maybe he should try to broaden his range a bit; the suffering young man he can already do to perfection.

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BlueHippo
Apr 15, 2019

Excellent acting-especially by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Supposedly based on a true story and there is an interview with the “real” subject of this film in the bonus section. My guess is that the portrayal of the “conversion therapy” is charitable. What a shame it is that this is still going on and that people are still being subjected to such nonsense. I wish these people would get a red-letter edition and tell me where and how many times in those red letters Christ says ANYTHING about homosexuality (or a couple of other of these “Christians’” favorite social issues) and, of course, they will find that number is “0”. They go back to the Old Testament for much of what they use to justify this stuff. However, my guess is that many of these same people who love the Old Testament for what it says about these issues will gladly eat their Easter ham.

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21221018293347
Apr 09, 2019

Eye opening. A shocking film in that I find it hard to understand that, in this day and age, people still think that LGBTQ can be prayed away, or "cured". Within this film there is NO portrayal or introduction of strong, stable homosexual relationships, of which there are many in today's society. The toll conversion therapy takes on our children and especially those within religious communities is shocking, especially during a time when most young adults are having some difficulties figuring out adulthood and who they are. I loved the fine line drawn between the mother's and father's reactions and the support given to the son - this was a fine, subtle yet powerful look at divergent opinions within a strong marriage.

This mostly Australian cast did a good job portraying southern Baptists.

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voisjoe1_0
Apr 06, 2019

A film about religious groups that claim they can pray away gayness. The film seemed to lack the intensity that a young man would experience in the threats that everybody will reject him if he doesn't change to straightness. Also, the film didn't go into the profit motive of the institutions that house the therapy sessions.

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 1 of 4
Morning. Hi. Sinful, salacious, and extraneous materials. All reading material and films and television are off limits while inside the program. I am using sexual sin and homosexuality to fill a God-shaped void in my life. … But I am not broken, and God loves me. … Good. That is very true. Now somebody tell me what this is.
-A dollar.
A dollar. Now, no matter how much you crumple up a dollar bill, you can never take away its value. Now even if you were to rip it, which would represent our being severed from Christ, well, guess what? You can always tape it back together. Jesus puts us back together. And even though there is a scar, our value does not change. You are somebody. … You are worth something. … And that is a fact. …

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 2 of 4
Now, this may be the toughest, but most rewarding 12 days that many of you will ever face. But we have just one task, to bring ourselves back to God. To invite him back in. To understand how he truly meant to create us before all those pieces got torn away. Now, look, I know the road here wasn't easy for many of you. But I promise a smoother ride now that you're here. Because we are about to go on an amazing journey together. So, who's ready? That was a question. Who's ready? Say amen!
-Amen.
Amen! If you know you're worth a dollar, say amen!

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 3 of 4
-Amen!
Welcome to the Refuge program! Come on! That's right, great souls! Great! Now, I'm gonna tell you something that's gonna make you immediately feel a little better. People tell you… you can be born gay, that's not true. You cannot be born a homosexual, this is a lie. Now, I'm a counselor and a pastor, but was I born that way? No. It's behavioral. It's a choice. Cameron, you, you, uh, play football? Yeah?
- Yeah.
Were you born that way?
- No.
No. Now, you chose to be a football player, right? It's behavior. Now, if you... If Cameron stops playing football, he no longer is a football player. We gotta learn for ourselves where behavior comes from so we can cut it out and then we can no longer be labeled that way. Now, who can tell us what a genogram is?

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jimg2000
Apr 04, 2019

Program leader speaks to new group, Part 4 of 4
Phillip. Well, a genogram is like a family tree... Mmm. ...only one that shows patterns of family behavior as well. Sort of like an illustrated one. Yes. Now, we are going to draw our family tree and we're gonna list next to these people their behavioral sin. So, they made us and they labeled us, so we're gonna label them. Michael, can you read the behavioral sins? We use the letters SSA or H to label same sex attraction or homosexuality, D for drugs, a dollar sign for gambling, A, alcoholism, P, promiscuity, M, mental illness, capital A, lowercase B for abortion, capital P, lowercase O for pornography, and C or G, criminal or gang affiliation. You're forgetting DV, domestic violence. Capital D, lowercase V,

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Mar 01, 2019

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