Release date: 6th April 2018/Watch the trailer here
Based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a 2015 young adult novel written by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is the story of Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a seventeen-year-old high school student with a loving family, great friends and a huge secret: he’s gay. When another closeted gay kid at his school – going by the pseudonym ‘Blue’ – makes an online confession, Simon begins communicating with him via email and the two soon begin to form a close connection, despite being unaware of each other’s identities. The film sees Simon attempting to resolve the two main issues in his life: coming out to his friends and family, and solving the mystery of who Blue really is – but both matters are complicated when his emails are accidentally discovered by another student.
It’s exactly the kind of cheesy teen romance that straight kids have always had a plethora of to choose from, but what sets Love, Simon apart from the rest – aside from a gay main character, of course – is the little details. From Simon discussing the confusing dreams he had about Daniel Radcliffe as a child to Googling ‘how to dress gay’ once he finally begins to accept himself, there are a multitude of small moments here that will be relatable to so many people in a way that most other films have never been able to achieve, and this is just one of the reasons that Love, Simon is such a hugely important film.
It helps that the movie found the perfect Simon in Nick Robinson, who encapsulates each and every emotion that Simon experiences – happiness, sadness, anger, frustration and, ultimately, love – perfectly. The audience smiles when he smiles, laughs when he laughs and, more than once, cries when he cries. Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel are ideally cast as Simon’s parents, Emily and Jack, and are at the heart of some of the film’s biggest tear-jerker moments, aided by their earnest, heartfelt performances.
It’s not all sadness and tears, however: after all, Love, Simon is, first and foremost, a feel-good movie – and an incredibly successful one, too. It’s packed full of sharp, witty humour, with a pop-infused soundtrack and enough heartwarming moments to keep you smiling long after the credits have rolled. ‘Everyone deserves a great love story’, Simon writes to Blue, and he’s not wrong: the LGBTQ community are long overdue a rom-com with a big, Hollywood happy ending – and Love, Simon, as the first major studio movie to focus on a teen gay romance, is a gigantic step in the right direction for mainstream representation.
Yes, it’s a genuinely great movie, but never let it be said that Love, Simon is nothing more than that: this is a film that’s going to change lives, and the importance of gay teenagers being able to grow up in a world where films like Love, Simon now exist simply can’t be understated.