"a thought provoking, coming-of-age story that tackles the ridiculous notion of gay conversion therapy"
Written and Directed by Desiree Akhavan, making this her second film behind the camera, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age story set in 1993, that sees a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) forced to attend and stay at a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians after she is caught in the act with her best friend Coley (Quinn Shepard) in the back seat during prom.
The idea of a gay conversion therapy centre where homosexuals are forced to renounce what comes naturally to them is a weird and disrespectful concept to me, love is love at the end of the day, however, the cast and filmmakers handle this subject matter with incredible care and respect, in a coming-of-age setting.
The cast of The Miseducation of Cameron Post is incredible, led by the phenomenal Chloë Grace Moretz, as she wonderfully navigates the trials and tribulations of Cameron, further proving that she is a wonderfully adaptable Actress that can turn her hand to any role; be it Dramatic, Comedic, Action, Horror or anything she decides to do.
Beautifully written and directed by Desiree Akhavan, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a thought provoking, coming-of-age story that tackles the ridiculous notion of gay conversion therapy; these places treat homosexuality as if it is a disease, it's not. I had no idea centres like the one depicted in the film existed, I’ve heard of ‘fat’ camps but not these religious camps that have homosexuality firmly in their crosshairs.
In summary, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a film that gets me asking a lot of questions that I already know the answers to, but it's questions that should always be asked because I feel that it does help with the process of tolerance in the world, and with films like this and brave filmmakers like Desiree Akhavan and talented Actresses like Chloë Grace Moretz that aren't afraid to shine a light on these subjects, the filmmaking community is better for it.