To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this movie, about 20 minutes after leaving the theater both my friend and I were in Target at the self-checkout with the book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (the book this movie is based on) in our hands.
That being said, I am a mere 50 pages into the book and it is quite a bit different from the film. HOWEVER, if you haven’t read the book or even if you have and you go into the film with an open mind, this movie is amazing.
Though it is one of those typical “coming of age high school films” and yeah, the humor can be a bit cheesy and the dialogue a bit cliche, truthfully, what’s more high school than that?
Love, Simon follows a senior year high school student as he struggles to come out to his friends and family, confiding only in another guy at his school who is also gay. The problem? They have never met. Simon and “Blue” are anonymous online penpals, emailing back and forth to one another about day-to-day life as well as their difficult attempts to be themselves.
The main premise of this story is Simon’s inner struggle with coming out, some blackmail from an unlikely student, and the search for “Blue,” Simon’s anonymous penpal.
The movies use of quick cuts to funny scenes and witty humor keeps a lighthearted tone in a film dealing with such a heavy and life changing subject. Love, Simon is reminiscent of Easy A or The DUFF not only in it’s depiction of high school, but in it’s use of hilarious scenes that don’t actually happen, but rather depict what is going on in the characters mind.
Nick Robinson (Simon) has been on an acting roll lately, having most recently starred in Everything, Everything and Jurassic World, and he doesn’t slow down in this film. Robinson gives an amazing performance. From perfectly acting out those awkward teenage crush encounter moments, to his more upsetting scenes where the audience can actually feel for him (I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t tear up more than once).
All in all, Love, Simon is a fantastic film filled with humor, goofy high school moments, and some important life lessons. Most importantly, it’s relatable. People of all ages will enjoy this film and honestly, I can’t wait to see it again.
Review By: Kasey Leeders