Review: 'Miseducation of Cameron Post' misses its mark
A teenager is sent to a gay conversion treatment camp in "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," a timid drama with a passive voice that doesn’t align with the importance of its subject matter. .
Chloë Grace Moretz is the title character, an orphaned teen who gets caught making out with the prom queen in the backseat of a car on prom night.
Cameron is sent off to God's Promise, a religious camp where instructors Rev. Rick (a quietly excellent John Gallagher Jr.) and Dr. Lydia (Jennifer Ehle) attempt to reverse the effects of "gender confusion" and "SSA" (that's same sex attraction) that is afflicting Cameron and her fellow campers. It's eventually revealed that there is no method to their supposed teachings, they're just making it up as they go along while inflicting mental torture on kids and branding them as sinners.
The film, directed and co-written by Desiree Akhavan, takes too long to put a stake in the ground and fails to light a fuse. Moretz' character, in particular, slinks through the story, shrugging her shoulders and saying "I don't know" at most of the questions asked of her. As a lead character, she doesn't give the audience much to get behind, and the film suffers as a result.
Her friends aren't much better. Cameron bonds with the pot-smoking pair Adam (Forrest Goodluck) and Jane ("American Honey's" Sasha Lane), who have learned to fake their way through their "treatments." Cameron's roommate, Erin (Emily Skeggs), is given more to work with, and is fighting her internal urges while hoping the therapy sticks.
"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" unfolds in 1993, a time when gay acceptance and understanding were in the dark ages compared to today. While some still believe in the wayward teachings at the center of the film, the movie's lack of passion is its own form of sin.
'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'
Not rated: sexual situations
Running time: 91 minutes
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (not rated)
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in this gay conversion drama that lacks fire in its belly. (91 minutes) GRADE: C