Simon (Robinson) is just a normal, everyday teenager facing the same typical teenager problems you or I are facing, or have already faced. Except Simon’s got a secret… nobody knows he’s gay. It’s a secret he’s still attempting to come to terms with, unsure of how to reveal it to the world let alone put his feelings into words, but then, much to Simon’s shock and delight, a fellow student anonymously posts online that they’re in the same boat. They’re both harboring the same secret, and through it, they begin a friendship, despite having literally zero idea who the other person is.
Love, Simon is just the right amount of sappy. It’s a real, quirky, down to earth rom-com of sorts with a strong dramatic edge and one foot firmly planted in the realm of realism. The screenplay by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, based on the book by Becky Albertalli, is all sorts of wonderful. It’s earnest, moving and emotional, yet funny and relatable all at the same time. You’ll fall in love with Simon from the moment he’s first introduced on screen, empathizing and connecting with his real-world issues that will deeply resonate with not just anyone who’s ever been in his situation, but also a vast majority of straight audiences too. This is a film for everyone.
Simon’s parents, played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, are the perfect, real world parents a character like Simon could want. They’re out there and likeable, but not afraid to get real, and this shows in the third act, which literally had me in tears for the entire last half an hour. Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. also all give in absolutely fantastic performances as Simon’s best friends. While there is a drastic overly dramatic response to something in the third act that felt unnecessarily unfair, the rest of their screen time is used effectively, hilariously and relatable. And then there’s Logan Miller, so great to the point where I genuinely can’t trust the dude in real life anymore.
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