The Miseducation of Cameron Post ★★★★

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is a humble, poignant, and extremely touching coming-of-age drama that unfolds like a seriocomic “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” set at a gay conversion camp for Christian teens circa 1993. Complete with Jennifer Ehle as an indomitable riff on Nurse Ratched, the movie shears Emily M. Danforth’s massive YA novel of the same name down to a sensitive film that cuts right to the heart of the matter. Played by a beautifully understated and unsure Chloë Grace Moretz, Cameron Post is an orphaned high school junior who develops some very biblical — and blessedly mutual — feelings for a girl she meets at Sunday school (“Blame” director Quinn Shephard).

It’s all innocent fun and fingering until someone finds Cameron and her friend in the backseat of a car on prom night. That’s all it takes for Cameron’s evangelical aunt to ship her off to God’s Promise, a wooded retreat where she can pray the gay away. Because nothing makes it easier for a hormonal teenager to purge themselves of queer desire than surrounding them with a dozen other kids who are all trying to do the same. Good thinking, Jesus freaks.

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