Focus Features has released a second trailer for Boy Erased, in an effort to give Joel Edgerton's gay conversion therapy drama one final marketing push before it opens in theaters. Adapted from Garrard Conley's memoir, the movie stars Lucas Hedges as Jared Eamons, a semi-fictionalized version of Conley who is outed as gay when he's 19 and agrees to enter a gay conversation therapy program, lest he be shunned by his Baptist parents and friends. Hedges is joined in the film's cast by Oscar-winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as Jared's mother and father, the latter of which is also his pastor at church.
Boy Erased screened at both the Telluride and Toronto festivals back in September and has been generally praised by critics for its empathetic portrayal of Jared and his family's complicated relationship, as well as the performances by Hedges and Kidman in particular. Edgerton, who also wrote the film and costars as the head of Jared's gay conversation therapy center, is only directing for the second time here, but earned similar accolades for his debut on Blumhouse's 2015 dramatic thriller The Gift. This time around, however, he's calling attention to all the more serious and timely social issues with his work.
The first trailer for Boy Erased dropped back in July, well before its run on the festival circuit in September. Focus has now unveiled a second trailer (ahead of the film's opening in select theaters this Friday) that not only features critic pull quotes, but further highlights the terrible real-world statistics for people that are currently in gay conversation therapy programs in the U.S. You can check out the new trailer in the space below.
Edgerton's film arrives in what has been something of a mixed year for LGBTQ representation on the big screen. Though high school rom-com Love, Simon and raunchy teen comedy Blockers were all but universally celebrated for their queer characters back in the spring, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (which also opens on Friday) has been derided for its regressive portrayal of queer music icon Freddie Mercury. November's arthouse offerings may end things on a higher note for LGBTQ cinema in 2018, however, between Boy Erased and Yorgos Lanthimos' buzzed-about period comedy The Favourite (which revolves around a love triangle between three women, including Queen Anne).
It will also be interesting to see where Boy Erased ultimately places in the current awards season race. The film may wind up getting recognized more for its performances than Edgerton's direction, if the early word of mouth is any indicator. Still, given the raves he's earned for his first two directorial efforts alone, it seems safe to assume that Edgerton the filmmaker will get his recognition in due course, especially if he continues to tackle relevant and otherwise important topics (like he does here).
Source: Focus Features
- Boy Erased (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018