The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 film about a teenage girl's experience at gay conversion therapy camp. It's based on a book of the same name.
Set in 1993, the story starts with Cameron Post's (Chloë Grace Moretz) prom night. After she's caught in her car with the prom queen, her guardians send her to gay conversion therapy at a place in Montana called "God's Promise".
This film provide examples of:
- Aluminium Christmas Trees: The "Blessercize" video that shows up about a quarter of the way through is 100% real, introduced as The Moral Substitute to 1980s Exercise videos in the early 1980s.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Adam is two-spirit and was sent to a gay conversion camp by his step-father. "Two-spirit" can refer to either someone's gender expression, gender identity, or sexuality. Adam does not clarify what it means in his case.
- The Beard: Cameron went to the prom with her boyfriend Jamie. He's the one who catches her with the prom queen and freaks out.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: The film is set in 1993 and has a period-typical rural/suburban American viewpoint towards homosexuality.
- Cure Your Gays: God's Promise is a facility that focuses on gay conversion therapy.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Technically the camp is run by Reverend Rick but it's his sister Lydia who's actually in charge.
- Gayngst-Induced Suicide: Subverted. Initially, it seems like Mark had a breakdown and tried to kill himself, but he was actually trying to mutilate his genitalia.
- Gender-Blender Name: Cameron has a unisex-leaning-on-masculine name. This gets noted when the head of God's Promise refuses to call her "Cam" because that's an even more Tomboyish Name and she thinks it'll add onto her "gender confusion".
- Groin Attack: In his self-hatred, Mark cut his genitalia several times and poured bleach on the wounds.
- Harmless Villain: Reverend Rick is a villain only in the sense of his owning the camp. He's actually quite mild and completely clueless.
- Hypocritical Humor: Erin critiques another girl for being "too butch" when she's the short-haired sports fangirl. Helen isn't even butch.
- Lipstick Lesbian: According to the counselors at God's Promise, one of the girl's is lesbian because she's too feminine. More specifically, Jessica's into pageants and her beauty led to her feeling inadequate in her femininity, which in turn led to her same-sex attraction. Cameron, Coley, and a number of other lesbian girls all also have traditionally feminine looks.
- The '90s: The film is set in the early 1990s. It's recent enough to be 20 Minutes into the Past but it's before the quickly changing attitudes towards LGBT people of the mid-1990s through 2010s. This allows the film to be set during a period where gay people were still largely ostracized and where gay conversion therapy was commonplace.
- Parental Abandonment: Cameron's parents are both dead.
- The Runaway: The film ends with Cameron and her two friends riding a truck away from God's Promise.
- Trans Equals Gay: The teachers from the gay conversion camp God's Promise believe that the teens are "gender confused". Adam, on the other hand, is a Lakota two-spirit, which they conflate with being gay on the same basis (two-spirit is an indigenous umbrella term which can mean different things).