In many ways, Love, Simon is a typical teen romance. Teen has normal family life--parents (still married, so maybe not THAT normal), a sibling, a group of fun and funny friends, the usual trials and tribulations--and then falls for another teen at the same high school. However, thanks to the anonymous communication made possible through social media and email, said teen has NO idea who their crush is.
So what makes Love, Simon so special? It's the first mainstream, studio-made-and-distributed film that features a gay teen as the protagonist. Based on the wildly popular YA novel "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda," writers Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker (This Is Us) and director Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, Dawson's Creek, and so many, many more) have created an utterly charming, at times funny and at other times very poignant, film, reminiscent of the films of John Hughes, which captured the stories, energy and emotions of a generation back in the 1980s. At this sociopolitical moment, when negative news and outcomes are at an all-time high, it's crucial that LGBTQ people--especially youth--see positive portrayals of themselves on screen. Love, Simon raises the bar on this, offering a wonderfully mainstream story showing that people are people, love is love, and we all go through our own struggles--especially as teens!
The teen actors are wonderful, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as Simon's loving parents are pitch perfect, and for any PFLAGer looking to see portrayed on screen the array of emotions families and friends go through when a loved one comes out, look no further than Love, Simon.
Check out the trailer:
PFLAG staff had an opportunity to screen the film a few weeks ago. The theatre was packed and by the end of the film, everyone was cheering; no question, this one is an easy one to cheer for.
The film opens March 16th - don't miss it...and let us know what you think!