Miseducation of Cameron Post (Drama) [Movie/Review]

9/10

Year: 2018
Genre: Drama
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Source: Blu-Ray (Njuta Films)

PLOT:
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.) himself an example of how those in the program can be cured the center is built upon repenting for same sex attraction. In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners, including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane) and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers forms an unlikely family as they fight to survive. Winner, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury PrizeBased on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.) himself an example of how those in the program can be cured the center is built upon repenting for same sex attraction. In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners, including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane) and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers forms an unlikely family as they fight to survive. Winner, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.

OPINION:
Jeez, what the FUCK is wrong with these people … 5 minutes in and I’m so angry I want to punch one of these hateful religious weirdos. Why can’t people just let others be happy? Even if you don’t understand something or understand how you can get attracted to someone with the same sex, just let it be. It doesn’t hurt anyone. Oh, and for the record, I’m extremely straight. But it makes me furious that people can’t alllow others to be happy. What does all this hate comes from? Because you’re so miserable in your own life, you can only sort to hate? The same mechanisms as racism? How many thousands upon thousands of youths have these ”loving christians” pushed into drug abuse or suicide. As Cameron said in the movie ”How is programming people to hate themselves not emotional abuse?”, why aren’t these organizations being sued and held responsible?

And yeah, the movie is great by the way. Chloë Grace Moretz is one of my favourite actors for the moment and I will definitely be digging into her back catalogue.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND:
Despite its positive reception and victory at the Sundance Film Festival, the film struggled for months to get picked up by a distributor. According to star Chloë Grace Moretz, the film was the first Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner in over 25 years to not receive immediate distribution. It was eventually purchased by FilmRise however it received a very limited theatrical run in only 85 theaters in North America.

The bizarre clips from the Christian exercise video “Blessercize” are real footage of an actual 90’s video.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) is one of two 2018 movies about teenagers forced to undergo LGBT conversion therapy. The other is Boy Erased (2018).

STREAM:
I watched the Blu-Ray version from the Swedish label Njuta Films, it’s not much to talk about. Great picture and sound but pretty barebones.

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Swedish customers can buy the DVD here!

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