by Molly West
If you have been on any form of electronics, it’s hard for you to not have heard of Love, Simon. Not only are there trailers on TV, but the movie has blown up across social media. It was officially released on Friday, March 16th, though it was announced at the beginning of 2018. As of March 18th, the movie has already wracked in over eleven million dollars.
Love, Simon is based on the book by Becky Albertalli titled Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The movie was directed by Greg Berlanti. The story follows Simon Spier, who is portrayed by Nick Robinson. There are other star actors, such as Katherine Langford–most well known for her role in 13 Reasons Why–as Leah and Jennifer Garner as Simon’s mom.
Everyone deserves a good love story, but for Simon, it’s a bit more complicated. Simon is just like most teens–he has close friends, a good relationship with his family, and a steady reputation. He has one secret, though, and that is that he’s gay. He has yet to tell any of his friends or family, as he has a fear things will be different between them.
After seeing an online post on the school’s gossip blog, he begins emailing an anonymous student at his school who is also secretly gay and goes by the pen name Blue. These simple emails spiral into a journey of love, conflict, emotions, and coming to terms with who you are, as Simon’s secrecy is threatened. You may not think you’ll cry, but trust me, you will. It feels just like the cheesy teen movies you have always seen, and in a way, it is. The melodrama of the movie does not outshine its important message, though.
Ratings for Love, Simon have been fairly high. On average, it is rated as four stars out of five. It also received 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Joyce Slaton from Common Sense Media says, “Tender, sweet, and affecting, this is the mainstream rom-com that gay teens might not have even known they needed. But when they watch it, they’ll find themselves deeply reflected.”
Another review is by Glenn Kenny of The New York Times, who says, “The emotional resonance in Love, Simon may be surprising given the movie’s relentless gloss, but it’s real.”
Just days after the movie’s release, Love, Simon has made an astounding impact. It is the movie that LGBT+ teens need, whether they know it or not. Teens who were too scared to come out as gay before gained the courage to come out after watching Simon’s journey. Nick Robinson even admitted that his brother came out to him as gay during the filming of Love, Simon. Not only that, but it helps the parents of these LGBT+ teens better understand how their child feels.
Love, Simon is a huge step for mainstream gay movies. Its success gives hope that gay movies will be more normalized in the future. It may be a bit cheesy, but Love, Simon is the on-screen representation gay kids–and even some adults–have been waiting for.