“Would you let drug addicts throw parades for themselves?” asks a gay-conversion-camp counselor in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a terrific new movie about an important issue. Her bludgeoned point is that homosexuality and substance abuse are both, in the counselor’s (Jennifer Ehle) mind, equally controllable sins. “No… No, you wouldn’t,” replies Cameron, a clever teen girl played by Chloë Grace Moretz.
It’s a very funny moment in a movie that you’d expect to have exactly zero funny moments. Gay-conversion therapy, of course, is a serious, ongoing political hot button. But I was surprised to find Cameron Post a sweet indie film in the tradition of John Hughes. Calmly directed by Desiree Akhavan, the movie doesn’t get tangled in the weeds of politics, but instead focuses intensely on its lovely characters.
Those special people – the campers and counselors, too – don’t wail in agony, or speechify about the system. Their dialogue is filled with dry humor, the film’s color palette is warm and, unlike the Montana camp where it’s set, there’s no preachiness here. […] This is Moretz’s best performance yet. The small scale of the film emphasizes her subtle choices, and she manages to be sad but not pitiable. It’s a deft balance.
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post