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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 July 2018 (France)
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In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

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Desiree Akhavan

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Desiree Akhavan (screenplay), Cecilia Frugiuele (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Cameron
Steven Hauck ... Pastor Crawford
Quinn Shephard ... Coley
Kerry Butler ... Ruth
Dalton Harrod ... Jamie
McCabe Slye ... Brett
Dale Soules ... Grandma
Sasha Lane ... Jane
John Gallagher Jr. ... Reverend Rick
Emily Skeggs ... Erin
Marin Ireland ... Bethany
Forrest Goodluck ... Adam
Melanie Ehrlich ... Helen
Owen Campbell ... Mark
Christopher Dylan White ... Dane
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In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

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18 July 2018 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$48,638, 5 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$904,703, 30 September 2018
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Won the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival, over other acclaimed breakout indie hits such as A24's Eighth Grade (2018), Sorry to Bother You (2018), Blindspotting (2018), American Animals (2018), Wildlife (2018), Blaze (2018), Monsters and Men (2018), HBO's The Tale (2018), and Netflix's The Kindergarten Teacher (2018). See more »

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Cameron: How is programming people to hate themselves not emotional abuse?
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Modest story of identity realization and coming-of-age truth
11 August 2018 | by PotassiumManSee all my reviews

This small film is a triumph of down-to-earth storytelling on the experience of young people going through gay conversion therapy through religious browbeating. It's the story of a teenage girl, Cameron Post, played with visceral substance by Chloe Grace Moretz, who experiences life in exactly this type of setting. Her story begins when she is discovered engaging in sexual intimacy with a female classmate during prom and is sent by her outraged aunt to a ghastly gay conversion camp in a rural area. She soon meets two other teenage members (Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck, both excellent) who secretly refuse to embrace the camp's philosophy.

Although this could have been something more dramatic and perhaps could have gone a bit deeper, it's not a misfire by virtue of being slight in its length or in its treatment of the difficult material. It is alternately heartbreaking and outrageous but also at times bemusing as the camp veers between apparent sadism and pitiful ineptitude in trying to pound its young members into submission. Jennifer Ehle is powerful as the camp's leader and psychologist in an icy, Nurse Ratched-like performance who has her brother, a "cured" gay man as the camp's spiritual leader. The film also does not shy away from showing the emotional toll on even the camp's most docile members.

Even though the film's resolution seems too casual and almost too simple, I still found it quite satisfying, together with a roaring soundtrack which toward the end conveys a ray of hope. Recommended for its thoughtful approach and fine performances.


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