Few films have approached the subject of gay conversion therapy since 1999’s brilliant But I’m A Cheerleader, but 2018 has a couple lined up with Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased coming later this fall and the Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury prize winner, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, opening in select theaters on August 3rd. The film stars Chloe Moretz - as do most coming-of-age films these days - but it’s co-star Sasha Lane who piques my interest after her phenomenal debut in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey.
Let’s take a look.
Set in 1993, this looks like your typical teens fighting against intolerance tale, but one hopes it will explore this topic from an honest and empowering perspective. The conflict between Jennifer Ehle’s authoritative leader and Moretz could be interesting, but it feels like the bond between these kids, their journey to accept themselves for who they are, and their fight against discrimination will take center stage.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
From writer/director Desiree Akhavan and based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë 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 form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.
If nothing else, I’m excited to see what Lane brings to her sophomore role. What do you guys think? Has anyone read Danforth’s novel? Tell us all about it in the comments!