The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Film Review
I absolutely love when a new LGBT+ film comes out and it gets huge critical acclaim. Recently, The Miseducation of Cameron Post released in selected cinemas and I was so happy that I got to go and see it! I didn’t think it’d be showing anywhere near me, so when I found out that it was being shown in Cardiff Cineworld, I went the day after it came out (no gay pun intended).
When high school girl Cameron Post (Chloe Grace Moretz) is caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, she’s 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.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron, a teenage girl who is caught with another girl at her school prom and is sent to a Christian conversion centre. While she’s there, she finds friends and allies that will last forever.
This film is an adaption of a book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth. I got the book at YALC this year (it has rainbow sprayed edges and I love it), but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m kind of glad I didn’t though, because it was so nice to go and see a film where I could be surprised!
Chloe Grace Moretz (Cameron) and the rest of the cast were as incredible as the story! There are a couple of moments throughout the film that almost had me in tears, and others that made me genuinely angry. These parts were especially effective because of the sharp writing and the amazing performance from the cast.
The story really made me think about how awful conversion therapy is, and how ridiculous it is that people genuinely believe that ‘gayness’ is a sin and can be cured. It’s such an important story and I really wish it was on a more general release, because I truly wish more people could get to see it.
If you can’t get to a cinema that’s showing the film, please at least get a copy of the book… it’s such an important story that I urge everyone to read.
Have you seen this film or read the book? What did you think?