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Despite its agenda, The Miseducation of Cameron Post does feel inconsequential. There are characters that are underused or don't have as much impact as they could, and an overall sense that their arcs aren't quite as developed as they could be.
This is undeniably Cameron Post's story, but as silent horrors befall other characters, I couldn't help wish the film was longer than its brisk 90 minute runtime in order to properly explore the emotional trauma more thoroughly.
If the film took the time to build Cameron's stakes-a college scholarship, her desire to compete and win-her "miseducation" would have entailed a greater sense of emotional suspense at the prospect of valuable time lost.
But the pervading problem of the movie is that it takes so much of this for granted-all the fraught, interpersonal weirdness between characters, or between the characters and the people who sent them here.
Cameron starts humming "What's Going On" and within minutes is standing on the table singing it loud and proud. There's an inherent energy in that scene that often feels missing from the rest of the picture.
Akhavan takes a restrained approach to chronicling Cameron's journey and Moretz is never up to the task of conveying any sense of inner struggle. The character is too static and feels too sure of herself for the movie to deliver the gut punch it should.