Boy Erased

Flawless, heartfelt performances delineate BOY ERASED in finely drawn lines, even if the picture emerges slowly and in unsurprising ways. In Arkansas, Jared (Lucas Hedges), the teenage son of a conservative Christian minister (Russell Crowe) and his dutiful wife (Nicole Kidman), finds himself stranded at a camp run by “conversion therapist” Victor Sykes (writer-director Joel Edgerton) when the teen admits to same-sex attractions. Based on a true story, Ederton’s indictment of so-called “ex-gay therapy” is moving in its close personal observations, if just short of compelling. —YSM

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