THE Miseducation OF cameron POST
★★★ 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.