I have been looking forward to this movie for a long time. Starring Lucas Hedges as Jared, it tells the story of a young man sent to gay conversion therapy by his parents, played by Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. The movie was written and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also plays the conversion therapist. The depictions of the therapy are fascinating and get more and more disturbing as the movie progresses. The acting is good. But there’s something missing in the movie that I can’t quite put my finger on. I think it’s that the movie is surprisingly predictable, despite the novelty of depicting the therapy. There are several events (one in particular) that are shocking but that kind of go by the wayside. A fuller exploration of some of those moments might have given the movie some of the life that I think it lacks. Despite this, I think it’s a movie that people should see.
I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.