'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post' [Blu-ray]
(ChloŽ Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Owen Campbell, et al / Blu-ray / R / 2019 / Film Rise - MVD Visual)
Overview: Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' follows the titular character (ChloŽ Grace Moretz, 'Kick-Ass') as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.
Blu-ray Verdict: This small film is a triumph of down-to-earth storytelling on the experience of young people going through gay conversion therapy through religious browbeating.
It's the story of a teenage girl, Cameron Post, played with visceral substance by Chloe Grace Moretz, who experiences life in exactly this type of setting.
Her story begins when she is discovered engaging in sexual intimacy with a female classmate during prom and is sent by her outraged aunt to a ghastly gay conversion camp in a rural area.
She soon meets two other teenage members (Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck, both excellent) who secretly refuse to embrace the camp's philosophy.
Although this could have been something more dramatic and perhaps could have gone a bit deeper, it's not a misfire by virtue of being slight in its length or in its treatment of the difficult material.
It is alternately heartbreaking and outrageous but also at times bemusing as the camp veers between apparent sadism and pitiful ineptitude in trying to pound its young members into submission.
Jennifer Ehle is powerful as the camp's leader and psychologist in an icy, Nurse Ratched-like performance who has her brother, a "cured" gay man as the camp's spiritual leader.
The film also does not shy away from showing the emotional toll on even the camp's most docile members.
Even though the film's resolution seems too casual and almost too simple, I still found it quite satisfying, together with a roaring soundtrack which toward the end conveys a ray of hope. Recommended for its thoughtful approach and fine performances. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
5.1 Stereo Surround
English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
Audio Commentary Track with Director/Co-writer Desiree Akhavan & Producer/Co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele
Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer