Love, Simon: Movie Review

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Love, Simon is a gay teen romcom from Fox. Even though the cast misses the South Asian mix that we’ve been enjoying, we can say that it’s attractive and the movie itself will offer gay teens some excellent reflections. The movie is an adaptation of the best-selling novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. 

The plot is an emotional story about coming out and identity. For such a small movie, it carries a hard punch. It’s essential to note that this is the first major movie about the coming out of a gay kid. The movie features Nick Robinson who plays 16 year-old Simon who just isn’t ready to come out. Well, not until he starts an online email romance with a boy in his school that’s in the closet just as he is. 

Unlike other movies that do have gay characters on the side, this one focuses directly on the gayness of its main character. While Simon has boyish looks and acts straight, the film doesn’t stop reminding us that he is, indeed, gay in numerous scenes. Any gay teenager would enjoy the two-hour long movie that serves us all without being coded or shaded.

The story line of the movie moves along quite flawlessly while telling realistic tales of secret identities and crushes. While some of the films plot lines are quite dark, like the blackmailing scheme that becomes utterly disastrous, most of the main characters romance is online. Thus said, it didn’t bring out Simons relationship in the rich form that the book did. However, we can give it up to the film for revealing the inner-turmoil that Simon faces- the fear that there might be significant changes once he announces that he’s gay.

While the movies story line appears to be quite cute, unfortunately, it doesn’t show things as they are out here in the real world. For one, not everyone comes from a well-off household, has a non-bigoted family and a supportive circle of friends. Hostility that is present towards the gay community in real life is whittled down to a few homophobic boys. 

While the audience is kept in suspense over which moment Simon will choose as his coming out moment, we see him struggling with confusion and trying to keep on the lid a moment longer even though it’s excruciating for him to continue doing so. At one point, one of the scenes shows Simon imagining himself finally being gay and out in college and for the average viewer, it seems like a fantasy that belongs to a child that still doesn’t know what exactly to ask for. 

While none of the characters put any kind of serious pressure on Simon about his sexuality, we ultimately see that the pressure and confusion comes from deep within him. As we said before, not all gay teens have all the support Simon has. Those who don’t have to face pressure and societal expectations from externally that may only make the process of coming out that much harder for them. 

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