Since Love, Simon came out, my son has gone to the movies to see it three times. Today, he and I went and I saw it for the first time, him, the fourth time. It was a fabulous movie! If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it!
I have a goal this year, and that is to see a lot of the movies coming out, based off of books. I have 11 books to movies on my list. I’ve already seen three.
Love, Simon is a Young Adult romance, based on the book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It has all the teen angst of being in love. Simon’s family is the all American dream family. Fun parents, a great little sister. Great friends that he’s had for years, including their newer friend Abby. But, what’s a ROMCOM movie without some blackmail from a fellow classmate to get a date with one of your best friends? The problem? (Which, in all honesty, shouldn’t be a problem!) The one being blackmailed is gay. He wasn’t ready to make that announcement to anyone yet and did everything he could to keep it from getting out.
As the movie progressed, Simon is emailing the person who came out anonymously as gay, (a.k.a. Blue) on a blog that everyone in the school reads. They share their feelings of what’s going on. What scares them and yes, the moment Blue says he’s going to tell his father. Simon tries to figure out who it could be, by their conversations. And, he was right on one of his guesses! But, you’ll have to wait until the end to find out which one!
Martin outed Simon online, during Christmas break after Simon’s friend Abby told him she wasn’t interested in him. Posting screenshots of Simon and Blue’s emails. Simon’s parents, Emily and Jack, played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, were perfect. You could see that his father had issues when Simon told them on Christmas Day, that he was gay. You find out later the reason why!
His friends are notably upset as well because Nick was interested in Abby. But, to avoid Martin sharing his secret, he did everything to keep Nick and Abby apart. Leah was upset because she was actually interested in Simon, but, Simon assumed she was interested in Nick. Got that?
Simon received that dreaded goodbye email from Blue. Blue went as far as to delete his email account to cut off communications. Simon’s mood went downhill from there. Going as far as blowing up at Martin with a statement that really strikes a chord. He yells at Martin, and, I’m paraphrasing here, “I should have been able to tell my friends and family myself, in my own way. YOU stole that from me.” This is a powerful statement because, yes, if someone has a story, they should be able to tell it in their way and time. Not because their hand was forced.
But, in the end, as with most ROMCOM’s, love wins out. I give Love, Simon two thumbs up. And it has nothing to do with my being a parent of a child in the LGBTQ+ community. I love young adult, feel good, funny movies. And Love, Simon fits that bill beautifully. If you’re my generation, and you loved the Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles? I think you will thoroughly enjoy Love, Simon! Give it a try and stop back to tell me what you thought! Plus, if you go now, to the theaters to see it, it shows production companies that we WANT to see more movies like this! That we want to see more movies based on the LGBTQ+ community. They shouldn’t have minimal screen time.
Check out the Love, Simon movie trailer:
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