Sexuality Threatened

Boy Erased and Miseducation of Cameron Post

BY: Claire Connors

Teenagers are certainly the hot topic in 2018. With all of the current streaming shows romanticizing the highly sexual generation, it’s no wonder that two important—and Oscar-worthy—films are being released this year, as well. The twist, of course, is that these coming of age movies focus on the sexual awakening of kids that identify as queer. We had the sweet, nonjudgemental version earlier this year with Love, Simon, and now, the flip side, with close-minded parents and society trying to convert these nice, normal kids through religious camps. It’s hard to believe these types of places even exist. But, tragically, they do.

Boy Erased

Based on the book by Garrard Conley, Boy Erased: A Memoir, about the 19-year-old son of a Baptist minister who is outed as gay, causing a rift in his ultra-religious family and community.  Written and directed by actor Joel Edgerton, the film stars the hot Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird) as Jared, the boy in the title who’s identity is being slowly wiped away by his close minded parents. Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe play his folks, who believe a gay conversion camp is just what he needs to cure him of his “disease.” Edgerton stars as the head therapist hell-bent on making sure Jared gets straight. Also attending the camp is “gorgeous” Joe Alwyn, who seems to be appearing in just about every important film this fall.
Boy Erased opens November 2.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The female version of Boy Erased is The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which swept the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, winning the Grand Jury Prize. Iranian/American director Desiree Akhavan‘s first film, Appropriate Behavior, dealt with similar, more autobiographical issues of sexual identity. Here, Akhavan dives deep into the story of Cameron (Chloe Grace Moretz), an orphaned teenager who is sent to live with her conservative aunt. Soon, Cameron’s feelings for her best friend result in a being sent to a gay conversion camp. The only problem? The camp is filled with other teens just like her, and despite the best efforts of the therapists (Jennifer Ehle and John Gallagher Jr.), the kids fight back for their right to love whom ever the hell they want! No spoilers, but guess who wins?
The Miseducation of Cameron Post opens August 3nd.