Writer: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele (Screenplay) Emily M Danforth (Novel)
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard, Kerry Butler, Dalton Harrod, McCabe Slye, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle
Plot: In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.
Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Eye Opening Drama
Story: The Miseducation of Cameron Post starts in 1993 as high school student Cameron (Moretz) knows that she is a lesbian, only she doesn’t know how to come out, keeping her relationship with Coley (Shephard) a secret, until it gets discovered.
Cameron is sent to a gay conversion centre run by Reverend Rick (Gallagher Jr) and his partner Dr Lydia Marsh (Ehle) who are trying to teach the young people that they are confused. Cameron is in the centre with fellow homosexuals Jane (Lane) and Adam (Goodluck) who find their own way to get through the centre.
Thoughts on The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Characters – Cameron is a high school student in the 90’s, she ha been raised through a religious community which causes problems with her family after they catch her making love to another girl. Cameron is forced into a conversion centre where she must learn to survive the ideas of the camp, while trying to keep her own identity. Jane is another young woman in the centre, she knows how to get by there and is there for the same reasons Cameron is, she doesn’t want to change, but knows it will be the only way out. Reverend Rick is running the centre, he has been converted in the past, using his story to guide the new students of the centre. Dr Lydia Marsh runs the psychological side of the conversion, trying to teach them it is in their heads.
Performances – Chloe Grace Moretz in the leading role shows we have a wonderful cast here that includes Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck in the young people performances, with John Gallagher Jr and Jennifer Ehle in the adult roles work well too.
Story – The story follows a high school girl that gets sent of a gay conversation centre to fix her mind in the view of her guardians, here she learns that she isn’t the only one being treated like this and must decide what she wants from her future. This is a shocking look at how homosexuals were treated by the religious minds because it is confusing enough without somebody telling you that you will go to hell for being involved. Seeing how the curing is done, doesn’t seem as extreme as it could have been though, it is treated like a therapy session over any sort of torture. The friendship grown in the centre is important for Cameron because her point of view isn’t as strict as other lives involved. We do get to see just how damaging this idea could be on the patients too. This story isn’t going to be relaxing watching because of just how seriously everything is handled.
Settings – The film is mostly set in the centre, it is a remote camp like location where the people there can do what they want in the free time, which does show us how certain parts of the world would want homosexuals isolated away from the rest of the world.
Final Thoughts – This is a shocking look at how certain parts of the world want to isolate homosexuals just because they see them as different, the performances are wonderful throughout, portraying the way the characters feel about being abandoned by their families.
Overall: Important watch.