Movie Diary 8/1/2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan, 2018). I liked Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior, and I like this follow-up, which could easily have been a standard-issue YA adaptation but feels smarter and realer than that. Her empathy with the story’s teen characters is complete, and the movie wisely stays within its limited number of settings (we’re at a gay-conversion boarding school, somewhere in the countryside) without trying to jazz things up. The strong cast includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane (the lead in American Honey), Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., and a disturbing Jennifer Ehle.