“The Miseducation of Cameron Post”: Getting to an Awkward Normal

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, although foregrounded in gay conversion therapy, at its heart is a routine teen drama about not fitting in. The problem isn’t Cameron (Chloe Grace Moretz), it is the adults and parents.

Cameron Post feels like a summer camp drama and is just as consequential. The adults are a joke, and the kids just play the game, finding and forging their own little clique of fellow misfits that allows them to explore, rebel and eventually break away from the bad parental influences.

Being gay is just one level up from being an awkward teen nerd. There is no conflict, regret or struggle inside Cameron, and certainly no sense of a devout inner life. Religion and adults are the easily to overcome straw villains and evils here.

Cameron Post feels well observed, lived in, and at times, poignant. The female point of view doesn’t add any depth or better understanding. It just feels so normal, which is what Cameron Post wanted to be and always was anyway.

Chloe Grace Moretz and the cast discuss the film’s gay themes:

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