Last night a good friend and I had a quick dinner of tasty tacos, then we visited a theater to watch the film, Boy Erased.
I can’t say enough good things about the film. It’s a compelling story about a religious Christian family who forces their college freshman-aged son into gay-to-straight conversion therapy. The son, Jared, is played by Lucas Hedges, who is the boy in the top photo here. He did a great job in his role and was quite convincing.
In one pretty shocking scene, Jared has his first gay sexual experience when he’s anally raped by his college buddy, Henry, a closeted Evangelical Christian played by British actor Joe Alwyn, who you see to the left here. (And the scene is not the least bit sexy, so don’t expect it to be.)
Anyway, the film’s beautifully acted and the script’s compelling. And by the way, the screenplay is based on a true-life experience, which makes it even more powerful. The story, I believe, is set in the mid-1990’s. I recommend you see it.
I’ve had a good day so far. I had to drive to Tampa this morning for an appointment, through the usual thick traffic. I returned to my island for lunch, then drove into the city again to visit the YMCA for a good workout and lap-swimming session. Now I am home and ready for a relaxing, but chilly evening, as it’s going down below 50 degrees F tonight.
I’m going out to dinner with three friends to celebrate one guy’s birthday. It should be fun. Have a nice Wednesday evening, friends.