Love, Simon Movie Review

Love, Simon Movie Review

April 17, 2018 Off By Scott Wojcinski

Love, Simon (2018)
Directed by Greg Berlanti
Written by Elizabeth Berger & Isaac Aptaker (based on a novel by Becky Albertalli)
Starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
110 min

Love, Simon centers around Simon, a closeted gay teen. He starts communication with another closeted gay classmate anonymously. He soon falls for this person even though he does not know his identity. Throughout the movie he tries to pin down who it is, with a few wrong guesses along the way.

The characters are believable. Reactions to situations seem genuine. No one is over the top (except maybe Martin, a little bit). There are romantic comedy beats throughout this film, but nothing seems forced. I think we’re getting to the point as a society where being gay isn’t such a big deal. Clearly, we’re not to absolute tolerance yet but people are starting to be more open about it (especially young people). The few kids in the movie that are hateful aren’t sensationalized, they seem to be the only ones in the school that feel this way.

Check this movie out. You might, like me, turn into a puddle of tears even though you try to hold all those tears inside your eyes somehow. Look out for the funny sequence where all of Simon’s friends are forced to come out as straight.

3.5 N2M Guys out of 5

-Scott Wojcinski, Not Too Much Podcast (@ScottWojcinski)