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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

1hr 30mins
Directed by
Desiree Akhavan
Chloë Grace Moretz,
Sasha Lane,
John Gallagher Jr.

Desiree Akhavan's adaptation of the acclaimed coming-of-age novel by Emily  Danforth.

Cameron  Post  (Chloë  Grace  Moretz)  looks  the  part  of  a  perfect  high  school  girl.  But  after  she’s  caught  with  another  girl  in  the  back  seat  of  a  car  on  prom  night,  Cameron  is  quickly  shipped  off  to  a  conversion  therapy  center  that  treats  teens  “struggling  with  same-sex  attraction.”  At  the  facility,  Cameron  is  subjected  to  outlandish  discipline,  dubious  “de-gaying”  methods,  and  earnest  Christian  rock  songs—but  this  unusual  setting  also  provides  her  with  an  unlikely  gay  community.  For  the  first  time,  Cameron  connects  with  peers,  and  she’s  able  to  find  her  place  among  fellow  outcasts.

Writer/director  Desiree Akhavan  (Appropriate  Behavior)  and  co-writer Cecilia  Frugiuele  sensitively  adapt  Emily  Danforth’s  acclaimed  eponymous  coming-of-age novel  and  create  a  refreshingly  original  teen  movie.  Balancing  out  inherent  drama  with  understated  humor,  The  Miseducation  of  Cameron  Post  looks  at  a  teenage  girl  grappling  with  pain  and  loss,  but  at  the  same  time,  she  is  creating  a  family  on  her  own  terms  and  learning  what  it  means  to  empower  herself  by  having  confidence  in  her  own  identity.

Review Text

Like any good combat movie, prison drama or high school comedy, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is about solidarity and treachery among the powerless.

Review Author
A.O. Scott
Review Publication
New York Times
Review Text

The repressive setting would be, in a less nuanced film, a site of unadulterated horror. But Cameron, Jane, and Adam, like queer people through the ages, find ways to bond, joke, and help each other through the circumstances.

Review Author
Ren Jender
Review Publication
Village Voice
Review Text

It beautifully articulates the need for young people to realize the validity of who they are, and even more beautifully crystalizes the moment when that starts to happen.

Review Author
David Ehrlich
Review Publication

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