Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs—but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
Desiree Akhavan is the writer, director, and star of Appropriate Behavior, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay. She co-created and starred in The Slope, and she is currently filming a series in London for Hulu and Channel 4 that was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab. Akhavan received a BA from Smith College and an MFA from NYU.