|Duration||1h 31m||Rating (UK)||15|
|Source of story||A book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth|
|Writers/Script||Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele|
|Starring||Chloë Grace Moretz, Quinn Shephard, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Emily Skeggs, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle|
Elevator Pitch: Having been discovered having sex with a friend, Cameron is sent to a religious converson camp, God’s Promise, to cure her of her SSA, Same Sex Attraction. The camp is run by the Reverend Rick and his sister, and they hold therapy sessions and require the disciples to fill in “the iceberg” on which they are encouraged to identify the reasons why they are what they are. Cameron forms a friendship with a couple of others and they go hiking in the woods and smoke pot which they have grown themselves and discuss their situation.
Content: There is some smooching and fumbling about in clothing in semi-darkness with a lot of heavy breathing, and the exposure of one breast in a dream sequence. The campers participate in the therapy sessions and Cameron is taken to task for saying nothing. There is, in addition a bit of bible thumping, and the intended impression, which might not be evident to those who have no idea how such places are run, is that Rick and his sister have no idea what they are doing. But there are consequences to their failings.
A View: My wife liked this more than I did, but I suspect that this was due, in part, to the fact that she could read the Spanish subtitles, since the teenagers do mumble quite a bit. Because it was a low budget outing we are not given any indication of the actual layout of the establishment, always a problem for me. Cameron had no “story arc”. She was just the same at the end of the film as at the beginning. Sorry if that’s a spoiler, but honestly don’t expect too much of this film, if you are one of the few having the opportunity of seeing it.
Additional Info: The film had a job to find a distributor and by the end of its first year had not recovered its very modest $900,000 budget.