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.
“The strength of the film comes largely from Akhavan and fellow writer Cecilia Frugiuele's reserved screenplay, which treats all the characters with empathy and avoids the melodrama and cliché that could have so easily come with this 'pray away the gay' territory. Performances, too, are excellent across the board.” —Nikki Baughan, The List (UK) ”[The film is] far too modest and knowing to surrender to melodrama and apply cosmetic fixes to deep wounds, but 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.” —David Erlich, Indiewire
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