The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

DVD - 2018
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Cameron is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh and her brother, Reverend Rick, 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 and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit Adam. Together, this group of teenagers forms an unlikely family as they fight to survive.
Published: [New York, New York] :, FilmRise,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA MIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Dec 09, 2020

Some good performances from Jennifer Ehle and Chloe Moretz, but the script is a little confused. The conversion therapy is criticized, rightly, for being imposed on the individual teenager; the kid is told he can't be a square peg in a round hole, he'd better conform to the norm. They might have pointed out that religion imposed upon biology just doesn't work, or seldom works. The emotional tone of the film bears this out anyway; the kids are dismissive of the therapist and her gay-denying brother, as they should be.

Apr 05, 2019

I was more affected by the movie than I expected, it really got the claustrophobic feeling of the "conversion" place and anti-LGBT-evangelical community across.

I wish there'd been some statistics at the end or a special feature: like to show just how many kids wind up homeless (something like 40% of homeless youth are LGBT) or attempt suicide (or self-harm) because of intolerant family or communities (rates of suicide are much higher in LGBT youth). The movie was a good single story, but I felt like it needed some more context. Like a discussion of how many states still allow "conversion therapy" (only 15 ban it as of 2019).

Mar 21, 2019

Chloë Grace Moretz did a decent role. I tend to enjoy her acting. She did an excellent role in kickass as well. I believe that the director deliberately touch lightly on a series issue as not to offend the audience. In my opinion the directors intentions was to get the audience to think of the issues portrayed in the movie instead of having some of them into going into gay bashing mode where they just turn off the brain. The director not only addressed the different sex types like homosexuals, trans dressers, bio sexual, etc but also the issues of the way Christians thinks on the issues. Not only did he bring those issues up but also the issue of how people around actually know what goes on but no official wants to write down the true trouble as it speaks against Christianity. Therefore, the true problems are never addressed.

Mar 20, 2019

I felt the film itself could have had stronger points- but overall touches on a very serious, very real thing that exists in our country with conversion camps. While there could have been stronger plot points, I think it highlights the psychological, emotional abuse that happens to the kids who are put through these "camps".

Mar 19, 2019

Decent but Boy Erased is a much better and more serious movie about the same topic.

Mar 02, 2019

This film treats a serious subject with a light touch - it’s low-key, but powerful, and features strong performances from all the actors. Reminiscent of 1970s films, in a really good way.

Feb 27, 2019

This movie just touched the surface of the abuse meted out at these so called gay correction camps. Powerful movie.

Jan 30, 2019

great portrayal of religious and psychological manipulation - to the enhancement of neither.

vulnerable teens are controlled with isolation and derision
some succumb, some are suspicious and resistant

This is an extreme example of how all people are treated in America, conformity is rewarded, but independent thought or action is met with social pressure and hostility.

Using religion as a weapon to force conformity misses the whole point of what you claim to believe in.

Jan 27, 2019

If you really hate Christians, or if you really, really like watching teen girls making out, this is for you. Otherwise, you might as well skip it.

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Jan 12, 2019

I was thinking about what it was like being your age, how I'd come to worship like I was ticking off a to-do list. I didn't get it like I do now, and I thought, "Well, maybe I should tell you guys a secret." Do you know what we're trying to do every Sunday in church as adults? We're trying to undo the things we did when we were your age. Think about it. You're our future, and you are at an age where you are especially vulnerable to evil. Now when I say, "Evil," I mean evil. And you won't see it now. You won't see it tomorrow. But what feels like fun is actually the enemy, and that enemy is closing the noose around your neck.
Yeah, but what about emotional abuse?
-Are you saying you're being emotionally abused by the staff here?
How is programming people to hate themselves not emotional abuse?
I don't think of myself as a homosexual. I really don't think of myself as anything.

Jan 12, 2019

Would you say that the tip of the iceberg looks scary to the people on the boat? Yeah. It's all the people on the ship want to focus on, but we know it's not the real problem, is it? No. Um, the same can be said for your same-sex attraction. The sin is so overwhelming that we become fixated on it, but the problems we really need to deal with are below the surface. Your attractions are a symptom of a larger problem.
There's no such thing as homosexuality. There's only the same struggle with sin we all face. Would you let drug addicts throw parades for themselves? No. No, you wouldn't. Sin is sin. Your struggle is with the sin of same-sex attraction. The first step is for you to stop thinking of yourself as a homosexual.

Jan 12, 2019

Kid’s self-analysis for their SSA:
"Too much masculine bonding with Dad over football."
"Jessica's beauty, resulting in feelings of feminine inadequacy."
"Lack of physical affection from my father."
"Infatuation with soccer coach at Holy Light Summer Camp."
"Inappropriate obsession with Vicki Jones from church choir."
"Unresolved sexual trauma from 9th grade when Orin Bursock slapped my backside."
"Too much bonding with Mom over feminine activities."
"Belief in winkte conflicting with the Bible." (Old Lakota word, winyanktehca, meaning 'wants to be like a woman'.)
"Early exposure to illegal drugs and alcohol at the commune."
"Lack of stable and singular masculine..."
Maybe you're supposed to feel disgusted with yourself when you're a teenager.


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