The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Teens struggle in a 1990s gay-conversion program.
The film that won the top prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival “unfolds like a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest set at a gay-conversion camp for Christian teens,” said David Ehrlich in IndieWire.com. Our protagonist is a girl who’s been sent to the rural retreat after being caught canoodling with the high school prom queen in the back seat of a car, and though Cameron and her fellow teens are given reason to snicker at the counselors’ teachings, the movie proves “extremely touching” and too knowing to suggest that the adults are merely obstacles the kids are destined to overcome. Twenty-one-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz plays the lead, and she’s “extremely reserved here,” said Jordan Hoffman in TheGuardian.com. For much of the film, we’re not quite sure whether Cameron will embrace or reject the conversion attempt, and that adds suspense. The performance is “far and away” Moretz’s best yet. But to me, Cameron is less interesting than her rebellious peers Jane and Adam, played by Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck, said Peter Debruge in Variety. Cameron’s story is too simplistic, too predictable. It “would have been right at home on Lifetime two decades ago.” ■