The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Jennifer Ehle, Christopher Dylan White
Iranian-American director Desiree Akhavan follows-up her amusing indie comedy ‘Appropriate Behaviour’ with this 90s-set drama adapted from Emily M. Danforth’s 2012 novel. Moretz is the titular protagonist, an orphaned teenager taken in by religious relatives. We meet her in an amusing sequence where an awkward double date ends up with her copping off with the prom queen. When her lesbian relationship with her best friend is discovered by her guardians she is sent to ‘God’s Promise’, a Christian conversion centre presided over by icy head Dr. Lydia Marsh (an eminently hissable Ehle) and her Christian rock-toting brother Reverend Rick (Gallagher Jr.) Although her roommate Erin (Emily Skeggs) seems down with the programme and eager to be converted back to supposed normality, Cameron finds like-minded souls in the weed-dealing ‘Jane Fonda’ (Lane from ‘American Honey’) and Native American Adam (Forrest Goodluck). The picture features some nicely wry humour and Moretz is affable enough, but the young adult source material prioritises delivering an affirmative message for confused young teens over real drama and psychological conflict. Consequently there is never a question that our self-assured heroine will be turned or that she ever harbours any doubts about her sexuality. A hint of darkness is supplied via underused supporting character, the messed up but defiant teenage boy Dane (White).