Love, Simon is a movie that I have been waiting a really long time to see, and this Saturday, March 17th, I was finally given that chance. I went to the movies with my sister and we both can happily say that we loved it. It’s based on the novel Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which is a favorite of mine. I thought the movie did a really great job transitioning this beloved book to the screen. It’s still good for people who haven’t read the book though, as my sister falls under that category. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you must see this movie.
The director has said that he wanted to create a John Hughes type of teen film but with a gay main character, an I think he definitely succeeded. Simon is an ordinary teen, with great parents and a cute younger sister, but he also has the big secret of being gay. He’s not sure that he wants to come out, even though he’s pretty sure his family and friends would be okay with it. Coming out is scary. I know when I first told people that I was bisexual, it’s nerve-wracking. I didn’t expect too many bad reactions – and it actually did go quite well – but at the same time, who wants to come out? One of the big questions in the book – and in the movie – is “why is straight the default?” I love this because it’s so true! We assume someone is straight unless they tell us otherwise. Straight people don’t have to come out.
This movie is sure to make most people cry. I know I did, a few different times throughout. When Leah talks to Simon about feeling outside of things (I relate the most to Leah, I think, out of all the characters), when Simon first tells someone he’s gay and they say “I love you”, and over and over. I’ve read so many comments on twitter about the film, so when my theater’s audience broke out into applause at the big reveal (you’ll know what I mean when you see it, or if you’ve read the book), it was no surprise – as it had been happening across the U.S. – but it was still emotional and wonderful. Here was an audience, yelling and cheering for a guy to get his happily-ever-after…with another guy. A girl near me yelled “YAAS! You go, Simon!” and I couldn’t stop myself from smiling. My sister and I joked that we were surrounded by straight date night – a couple on either side of us – but they were just as interested, and just as enthusiastic, about the film and it was beautiful.
Larger publications were asking “do we need this movie” and I’d say absolutely, yes. We will always need these movies, these stories. This is the first gay teen film produced by a major film studio. The first. I’d say we need more of these, not just Love, Simon, though it was a fantastic start.
So yes – go see Love, Simon. Give money to this movie and hopefully movie studios will realize that people will show up for LGBT+ movies. After all, “everyone deserves a great love story.”
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I’ve been telling people on Twitter, but I’ll be sharing another post later this week about Love, Simon. It will have other people’s thoughts about the movie so if you want to share something, please let me know. I’d be happy to link to your own movie review if you do one as well! I want to spread the love. Also, if you’ve read Simon (or are thinking about it…or just want more of these characters), don’t forget about Leah on the Offbeat coming out next month. We get Simon’s best friend’s point of view this time – it takes place after the events in Simon Vs.