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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 September 2018 (UK)
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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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This is the second indie film in which actor John Gallagher Jr. plays a character who operates a facility for troubled youth. The first was in Short Term 12 (2013), where Gallagher's character ran a group home for troubled teenagers with his girlfriend played by Brie Larson. In 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' however, he runs a gay conversion therapy center for teenagers with his sister played by Jennifer Ehle. See more »

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Cameron: What do you guys think of Dr. Marsh?
Adam: I guess it's like having your own Disney villain, only this one won't let you jerk off.
Jane: I find her kind of sexy.
Adam: Sex with Lydia would be like... fucking the mom from "Carrie."
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References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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Where Does My Heart Beat Now?
Written by Taylor Rhodes, Robert Johnson
Performed by Melanie Ehrlich
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$48,638, 5 August 2018

Gross USA:

$904,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,474,577
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