Life is unfair, no doubt.
However, it can be even more frustrating for those who have to hide who they truly are for fear of the judgement of their peers.
Seventeen- year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) is a perfectly normal senior student at his high school except for a huge secret he’s hiding: He is gay.
Simon has recognized his sexuality for four years, yet has kept it to himself, not even telling his best friends Leah (Katherine Langford), Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), and Abby (Alexandra Shipp).
He finds out on the school Tumblr page that there is another closeted gay student and strikes up a correspondence.
After a classmate discovers the emails and blackmails Simon to get together with one of Simon’s friends, a choice must be made: Is it more important to stay in the closet or to spare his friends the heartbreak?
“Love, Simon” (based on “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli) is a work of art.
The acting is phenomenal, working with the emotions to really bring the movie to life.
Simon comes across as a typical guy, with normal family and school issues (e.g., school play, awful jokes from his dad, annoying little sister, etc.), making the movie more relatable for kids and teens alike.
What makes this movie even more intriguing is the way it puts a twist on the typical teenage romance story.
As Simon embarks on a quest to discover who his pen pal is, it is made doubly difficult due to the fact that society tends to frown upon homosexuals, taunting and humiliating them simply because of who they are and love.
In the end, it all comes down to trust and love.
Maybe someday, if this film’s message carries through, people will look back and laugh, disbelieving that a person would have to hide who they are for fear of prejudice and persecution.
If so, this film will no longer serve as an education on letting people be whoever they are, and can instead serve as a curious memento of a time of taboo on loving whomever you choose to love.
“Love, Simon” is a wonderful story with a fresh spin on the much used pen-pal romance plot.
This movie is rated PG-13 for mild swearing, however it is definitely a must see, with a powerful message that can resonate with an audience of kids and adults both.