The movie is based on Emily M. Danforth's novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Co-written by Cecilia Frugiuele and director Desiree Akhavan, the film follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenage girl sent to a “conversion therapy” center after getting caught kissing a girl on prom night.
Frugiuele and Akhavan focused on the characters' feelings rather than what they represent.
There is no torture, the directors of the center, Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.), aren’t portrayed as monsters. They organize singalongs, field trips, long discussions and yet, these therapies are extremely dangerous as you know it.
The film is interested in other people who are also cruel in the story, like Cameron's parents, who want to "cure" their daughter's attraction to girls.
Desiree Akhavan offers a film without clichés and caricatures but a film full of truth and humanity.