THE Mise­d­u­ca­tion OF cameron POST

Empire (UK) - - CINEMA - Dj

★★★ OUT 7 septem­ber / CERT 15 / 91 mins di­rec­tor De­siree Akha­van cast Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, For­rest Good­luck, Jen­nifer Ehle

RATHER LIKE 1999’S But I’m A Cheer­leader, this takes the non­con­formist spirit of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and trans­plants it to a 1990s Chris­tian ‘con­ver­sion ther­apy’ sum­mer camp, where a bi­sex­ual teenage girl is ex­pected to “pray away the gay”. Moretz’s Cameron is meeker than the rule-break­ers and hell­rais­ers we’re used to her play­ing, less a teenage Ran­dle Mc­mur­phy than a con­ver­sion-camp Andy Dufresne: as strong as she ap­pears soft. It’s a ten­der per­for­mance, but while wri­ter­di­rec­tor De­siree Akha­van laud­ably avoids melo­drama, the story never quite lifts off. Still, it re­mains a warmly af­fect­ing com­ing-of-age film.

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