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Boy Erased: Star Power of Crowe and Kidman Takes on Conversion Therapy

It's estimated that 700,000 U.S. adults have received conversion therapy, more than half of them during adolescence.

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In January of this year, Idaho House Rep. John McCrostie (D-Boise) introduced HB-398 during the 2018 Idaho Legislative session. Dubbed the "Youth Mental Health Protection Act," the measure would have prohibited Idaho psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors from engaging in so-called "conversion therapy" with gay juveniles. The bill never got a hearing. A disappointed McCrostie said he wasn't terribly surprised. A similar bill in 2017 also fell on deaf ears at the Idaho Statehouse. But 11 other U.S. states have made juvenile conversion therapy illegal, including neighboring Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

It's estimated that 700,000 U.S. adults have received conversion therapy, more than half of them during adolescence. The therapy is discredited by dozens of medical associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.

That should be reason enough to put Boy Erased on your must-see list. The film includes strong work from Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, the real showstopper is a performance from Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) as the "boy" of Boy Erased: the son of a Baptist pastor (Crowe) and his wife (Kidman). It's a stunning film with conversion therapy at its center that will keep you talking for quite some time.

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Boy Erased

Official Site: www.focusfeatures.com/boy-erased

Director: Joel Edgerton

Producer: Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Steve Golin, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham, Nash Edgerton, Kim Hodgert, Tony Lipp and Ann Ruark

Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe, Flea, Joe Alwyn, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Britton Sear, Jesse LaTourette, David Ditmore, Cherry Jones, Emily Hinkler, David Craig, Théodore Pellerin and Madelyn Cline