Love, Simon

Love, Simon

(2018)

Everyone deserves a great love story.

Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) has yet to come out in this coming-of-age tale adapted from Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel.... More

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.Hide

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As the first mainstream, studio-backed teen rom-com with a gay protagonist, Love, Simon​ is a film that does exactly what it sets out to do.... More

Based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’, Love, Simon​ follows 17-year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) as he corresponds with an anonymous teenager at his suburban high school. They write emails back and forth talking about school, favourite Halloween snacks, and the secret that binds them: they’re both gay.

While comparisons have been made to John Hughes classics, the film’s tone feels closer to a half-hour after-school show or a John Green adaptation, except more gay and less tragic. Directed by television writer-producer Greg Berlanti and from the producers of The Fault In Our Stars​, Love, Simon​ is a family-friendly crowd-pleaser.

Nick Robinson plays Simon with a boyish charisma and shines in moments of anxiety. Jennifer Garner expertly sculpts the family’s mood as Simon’s mother, with Josh Duhamel surprisingly affecting as his father. ​And yet, it is Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell who gives the film’s most magnetic performance as Simon’s drama teacher.

At times the film’s sickly sweet sentimentality feels a little dated - a movie this conventional surely should have been released years ago. The whole point, of course, is that it wasn’t, so its adherence to the well-worn formula of a teen drama feels at once cheesy and vital.

While not necessarily queer cinema’s most revelatory offering, Love, Simon​ is more charming than anticipated, with some truly heartwarming moments. Refreshing in its exemption from fatality, Love, Simon​ marks a broadening of LGBT stories into the mainstream, an achievement worth celebrating if only for the gay teens on tumblr editing its sweetest moments into gifsets.Hide


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BY triquos nobody

Love, Simon was awesome. Loved the constant guessing game the director played, as to who this 'Blue' character was - which you get to find out at the very end of the movie. Great directing, and a much needed gay teen movie for this generation. Wish these kinds of movies were mainstream when I was closeted at school! :-( great movie and highly recommend. Actually planning to buy it on DVD for my gay movie collection.


BY PercyM superstar

It'll make you laugh, cry and cheer.


A movie that tackles 'coming out'. It was a good movie, with a mystery flowing through the film. Who is Blue? As always the characters are beautiful people. The themes are pretty real and raw at times. This one was a box of tissue job for me. I wish there was all round acceptance in reality but alas there isnt. I'd love to be a part of this gang.


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The Press Reviews

  • It’s a hugely charming crowd pleaser, an infectiously entertaining coming of age film that feels primed to attract and retain a loyal eager-to-rewatch audience. Full Review

  • Love, Simon proves groundbreaking on so many levels... Full Review

  • Love, Simon is a John Hughes movie for audiences who just got woke. And for all its attempts not to offend, it's a genuine groundbreaker. Full Review

  • While it skimps on the deeper issues, it succeeds as both a romance and a comedy, being laugh-out-loud funny throughout... Full Review

  • The emotional resonance may be surprising given the movie's relentless gloss, but it's real. Full Review

  • There may be little in this movie that you haven't seen before, but the perspective through which you're seeing it can make all the difference. Full Review

  • It's too sanded down to ever truly snag on something like a real, specific, visceral emotion, but it's got the pop-chorus bombast that will get you to some kind of objective sense of fireworks, one way or another. Full Review

  • It's an expertly carved chunk of cheese. But taken on its own, limited terms, Love, Simon is also a charmer - warm, often funny and gently touching, tickling rather than pummeling your tear ducts. Full Review

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