Mar. 16 released a new teen-targeted romantic comedy, Love, Simon. Directed by Greg Berlanti the film focused on a closeted gay protagonist coming out of high school. The film has a budget of 17 million dollars and opened up with to 11.5 million dollars and expected to have a long life in the box office. The movie is based on the book, Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. According to Fox Movies, “…the movie resolves the issues of being gay and trying to find the identity of the classmate he has fallen for online which proves the movie to be hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.”
Simon, played by Nick Robinson, has what seems to be a normal life, except for one thing, he is a closeted gay who has a secret crush on a mystery classmate who anonymously came out on a blog.
While there is only one openly gay student at Simon’s school, he is not Simon’s type. Simon makes a mistake by leaving his Gmail account up on the school computer and accidentally outing himself to the class weirdo Martin.
Furthermore, Martin blackmails Simon into helping him arrange a date with Simon’s friend Abby. It takes immense courage to come out in high school because it is a time marked by peer pressure and bullying which caused Simon to make some flaws in his decisions. So, he plays along even if the decisions are selfish, and that causes drama within his social circle, with not just Abby, but with his best friend Nick who has had a crush on Abby since she transferred to their school as well.
According to Variety, the film will be accused of countless angles including “homophobes accusing it of “turning people gay”, while queer advocates may fault it for “casting a straight-identifying actor in such a high-profile gay role.”
Overall, the film Love, Simon is a great realistic tale and insight of how students deal with their sexuality and social life.