Love, Simon is a 2018 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, and based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The film stars Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner.
Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.
Why It Rocks
- It's the first mainstream Hollywood film to focus on a gay teenage romance.
- The movie tells about the struggles of closeted people, such as the fears of bullying, outings, discrimination, and planning to come out of the closet.
- It also shows how other students hold ignorant views about homosexuality.
- These topics the movie deals with helps the audience wonder if Simon will be able to accept himself for being gay.
- The movie also gives a tender and sweet taste to the audience.
- Great acting, with Nick Robinson (Simon Spier), Jennifer Garner (Emily Spier), and Katherine Bigelow (Leah Burke).
- It stays highly faithful to the original book by Becky Albertalli.
- The climactic kiss between Simon and Bram (the anonymous classmate Simon fell in love with) on the ferris wheel is forever iconic.
- The movie can easily be compared to John Hughes' coming-of-age teen movies he created in the 80s.
- Many sad moments to be seen, such as Simon's sister's tearful reaction to finding out the former's gay, and when Simon finally comes out to his parents on Christmas Day.
- The soundtrack is also gold, especially "Love Lies."
- The revelation of Bram to be the anonymous classmate is a bit predictable, taking away some of the emotion it could've had.
- It features typical cliches featured in other teen movies, such as the big house party with tons of beer.
Love, Simon has received positive reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the subject matter and performances. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 91% based on 225 reviews, with an average rating of 7.41/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre – and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, one of fewer than 90 films in the history of the service to earn such a score.