The Miseducation of Cameron Post Reviews
Lots of excellent performances in the ensemble cast and the characters came across as rich and real to me. Those performances are too numerous to mention, but Jennifer Ehle really creeped me out in her portrayal of Dr. Lydia Marsh, the Director of the facility.
All in all, not everything works here, but I found myself quite engaged in this indie, buoyed by its subtle humor and strong performances.
That isn't to say one film is better than the other-I actually liked them equally for very different reasons-but The Miseducation of Cameron Post certainly finds its distinction through the authenticity of its character's impulses it operates on and within. Whereas a film like Boy Erased finds a single aspect on this topic it's discussing and tells the story through that lens (a great way to make a movie, mind you) Cameron Post more desires to make this experience of a conversion therapy camp in 1993 something of a universal experience; fitting a topic not often discussed into the template of a coming-of-age film and therefore lending it a universality that will force a wider audience to acknowledge the cracks and hypocrisies in the system.
I'll also note here that the film is able to verbalize a feeling I've had for some time, but could never properly communicate:
"I guess every time I pray I kinda feel like I'm being phony."
"I think everybody can feel like that sometimes. I also think that those are moments where it's really important to lean back on your faith and trust that that'll take you forward."
"I don't think I really have any faith. At least, I don't really know how to go about getting it...or if I really want it."
For this I will forever be indebted to the film. I will also always be beholden to the film for reminding me Celine Dion's "Where Does My Heart Beat Now," is a song that exists.
ChloÃ« top bills in a story about a facility where homosexuality is taboo and eradicated. The same place also offered a chance for friendship with several outcasts as they try to correct their perceived deviance from the norm.
As much as the film touched on real life situations regarding the various conflicts between homosexuality and religion together, the overall delivery of the story was a complete mess. It almost felt as though I was watching another typical lesbian movie that was only focusing too much on the soft-core sex that happened throughout, which was frustrating and annoying to watch because there's so much more to it than just the sex that happens between two girls. This is something that you'll commonly see in so many LGTBQ+ movies as well that it's just getting annoying to constantly see. From what I understood, the conversion of trying to turn Cameron back into a heterosexual caused her to only become even more sexually frustrated. Additionally, the part that puzzled me the most was including a suicide scene towards the end, and we're left with zero answers after that. There were other parts to the film that were left unanswered as well. Abrupt situations (the suicide, the running away etc.) disturbed the narrative flow. Overall, the movie could've done a whole lot better.
Though there's very little screen time for them, Moretz and Shepard light up the screen with their chemistry, it's always nice to see when actors can actually convey feelings into the screen. 4 stars for rhythm and missing key scenes.