By Christina Nicole
Let’s go back to the 90s; it was a simpler time in many regards, and the setting for The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele adapted the Emily M. Danforth novel into the 2018 Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance.
There is a slight air of nostalgia in the film, which helps contain the characters. The 90s were a simpler time, and Cameron is an closeted lesbian orphan from a small town, living with her religious aunt. Cameron’s life is flipped on end when she is caught making out with her best friend in the back of a car at the Homecoming dance. Swiftly, and quietly, Cameron is sent to God’s Promise for some old fashioned un-gay-ing.
The film is much like the iceberg metaphor seen through out; there’s not much on the surface, and it’s a bit cold. The film is shadowy and Cameron is somewhat detached, floating in a sea of dissonance. Chloe Grace Moretz plays Cameron very close to the chest; there’s never too much emotion in her face or tone, but still like she’s keeping a secret.
There is very little humor in the film, and the funny parts are subtle and dry. The Miseducation of Cameron Post feels a little long, but not slow. It’s reminiscent of Dead Poets’ Society, but without a Robin Williams character to inspire the students. The teens are coming of age and facing issues internally, against their parents, and against their close-minded religious surroundings.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a mildly satisfying film worth watching; it’s a mellow drama about teens, but without melodrama. I give it 3.5 of 5 stars.