Love, Simon

Nobody wanted to tell Nick he had toilet paper stuck to his shoe
Verdict: 
8/10 – Although slightly sugar-coated in places, that doesn’t diminish Love, Simon’s enjoyment factor. A totally enjoyable experience thanks to the script, cast and soundtrack – what more do you want from cinema?
Release Date: 
Friday, April 6, 2018
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When a classmate learns of Simon Spier's big secret, will the popular teen finally come out of the closet, or stay in there a while longer?

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Teenager Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) seemingly has it all; looks, personality, great friends, a sister he likes, good-looking and genuinely cool parents (Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel) who are still totally in love, and a pretty sweet house that would make a lot of celebrities jealous.

But there's a secret he's carrying around - he's gay.

Luckily no-one asks any questions about why the hot, well-dressed, retro music-obsessed Simon never takes the slightest bit of interest in girls, which means his secret has been safe... until now.

As he slowly comes to terms with his romantic inclinations, Simon sees an anonymous post on his school's secret-sharing website about a fellow pupil struggling with his own sexuality. Emboldened by the post, Simon begins messaging the mysterious "Blue" under the pen name Jacques.

As their exchanges get flirtier and more open, Simon starts to imagine who Blue is - could it be his athlete friend Bram (Keiynan Lonsdale)? Or handsome Waffle House waiter Lyle (Joey Pollari)? Or maybe it's cute piano-playing Cal (Miles Heizer)?

As he lets his mind wander with romantic daydreams, the teenager makes a big mistake - he stays logged into a school library computer leaving his latest message to cyber beau Blue in full display of his annoying classmate Martin (Logan Miller).

Now that theatre brat Martin knows his secret, he uses it as leverage to blackmail the closeted teenager into setting him up with his good friend Abby (Alexandra Shipp).

Not ready to come out yet, Simon begrudgingly does what Martin says, even though it messes with the blossoming romance between Abby and his best friend Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), with his lifelong besty Leah (Katherine Langford) getting caught up in the drama too.

Soon, despite his best efforts and intentions to control the situation, Simon gets himself into a mess he can't get out of.

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Love, Simon tackles a serious topic with grace, humour and a contemporary soundtrack that perfectly fits this modern film.

There's not a dull moment in the 110-minute runtime, which flies by, thanks to the talented cast and a great script.

It's not a faultless film though, and there are some plot holes that threaten the feature after the big coming out scene, with Simon's super-supportive friends suddenly abandoning him during the most important moment of his life, but on the whole, the story is tight, and one that can be enjoyed by adults and teens alike.

Although there may be a lot of viewers who didn't get treated with the same respect that Simon did when he declared his sexuality, Greg Berlanti's film marks a turning point in Hollywood, and is the first major studio-backed romantic comedy with a gay teen protagonist.

Simon's big gay reveal is slightly sugar-coated, but hopefully, this is only the start of how cinema is moving in the right direction.

Berlanti and writers Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker have struck the right balance between humour and heartache, which, along with a stellar cast of emerging stars, makes Love, Simon a film you won't want to miss.

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