The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

(2017)

This Sundance-winning adaptation of the coming-of-age novel of the same name sees a teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) shipped off to a "conversion therapy" camp by an aunt appalled by her sexuality. Defying re-education - really, emotional abuse and brainwashing - Cameron finds friends amid the pressure to change their orientation. ... More

"Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for her latest film, a moving comedy-drama set in a 'gay conversion' camp. 16-year-old Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass) is living with her born-again Evangelical aunt while secretly sleeping with the prom queen. When the girls are caught in the back of a car, Cameron is sent to God’s Promise, a Christian conversion therapy centre where teens are 'cured' of their homosexual attractions. It’s in this surreal setting that she forms a close bond with two friends, Jane (Sasha Lane, American Honey, Heart Beats Loud) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck, The Revenant)." (Sydney International Film Festival)Hide

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post​ convincingly explores the banal cruelty of Evangelical gay conversion therapy and sincerely attempts to capture the swirling, contradictory feelings of a teenage girl caught up in it.... More

Based on Emily M. Danforth’s 2012 novel, the film ​takes place in 1993 and follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz), a Montana teenager sent to gay conversion camp after she is found making out with a girl on prom night. When she arrives at God’s Promise, she meets other teenagers struggling with “SSA”—same sex attraction—and strives to retain control of her core, despite everyone advocating for her shame.

The film is at its best when Cameron goes hiking with Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck), two of the other campers. The decision to cut these scenes short in favour of building out the rest of the ensemble was disappointing, especially considering the film’s ending. A better decision came in spending so much time with Cameron’s emotionality. Her conflicting inclinations; repression and defiance, guilt and desire, disgust with those around her and disgust with herself; make for one of Moretz’s best performances yet. Jennifer Ehle, too, is excellent as the severe camp director, and John Gallagher Jr. shines as a counsellor who himself “overcame” same-sex attraction.

While its tone throughout feels somewhat untethered, Cameron Post ​is a worthy sophomore feature for director Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour). It skillfully evokes the 90s with clever, subtle costume and production design and—thanks to a talented ensemble—certainly has moments that stick, even if it’s emotional resonance wanes at times.Hide


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  • Generously peppered with biting humour and warmed by a generous spirit that extends understanding, if not forgiveness, even to the religious zealot characters. Full Review

  • [Desiree] Akhavan is a master at balancing the highs and lows of Post's story. Full Review

  • Pulls back the curtain on gay-conversion camps, offering a valuable (albeit simplistic) alternative to self-questioning young viewers. Full Review

  • The wheels are always turning, but the performance is subtle. It is far and away the best thing [Chloe Grace Moretz has] done. Full Review

  • Navigating troubled culture-war waters with grace, humour and compassion, "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a movie that deserves a wide and diverse audience. Full Review

  • What a shame that this well-meaning and timely look at the absurdity of gay conversion camps - it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year - lacks the teeth to make its points stick. Full Review

  • Chloë Grace Moretz plays Cameron with such tasteful reserve, all blank stares and slightly agape mouth in the face of the most ardent down-is-up doctrine. Full Review