Love, Simon (2018)
Critic Consensus: Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.
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as Simon Spier
as Leah Burke
as Abby Suso
as Jack Spier
as Martin Addison
as Nick Eisner
as Mr. Worth
as Emily Spier
as Bram Greenfield
as Cal Price
as Nora Spier
as Ride Operator
as High School Student
as High School Student
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The film is as sweet as bubble-gum-flavored medicine; it arrives as if without cinematic lineage-unburdened by cinema's history of equating gayness with death. It just stops short of producing a picture of gay attraction.
It's too sanded down to ever truly snag on something like a real, specific, visceral emotion, but it's got the pop-chorus bombast that will get you to some kind of objective sense of fireworks, one way or another.
Greg Berlanti's groundbreaking gay romcom is an exuberant gift, a John Hughes movie for audiences who just got woke and the first mainstream studio release to put a closeted teen front and center.
As the romantic mystery develops, the light comedy keeps us amused.
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Coming from the creator of essentially every CW show currently on air, Greg Berlanti, I didn't know what to expect from Love, Simon. Being that his first film wasn't well received several years ago, how would he bounce back after being hailed as a television genius. Well, it's fair to say he did quite well. Love, Simon is not only a good coming of age film, but a touching romantic drama as well. The catch being that no one knows Simon is gay and he's been secretly communicating with another gay classmate over the internet, who is also unknown. It becomes a story about identity and empathy, and how everyone deals with their true selves differently. I liked that this movie had several moving pieces and it always kept you guessing as to who the "mystery person" Simon was communicated with was. However, I'm not sure the payoff was worth the wait. Fair or not, I was hoping for a more clever conclusion the film long mystery, even if that means using a cliche here or there to get to that point. The film also suffers from one too many characters that Simon has an emotional beat with. Just as you start to connect with his mom, dad, sister, or one of his many friends, the film moves on to the next person. And never truly lets you feel the weight of one of those particular bonds breaking or coming back together. In that way, it's a little too stuffed with material, which is not to say any of them are bad sequences, just not fulfilling. With that said, there are undoubtedly great moments of heart and levity which makes for an always enjoyable film, just not a complete one. 7.4/10
The impression one gets while watching this movie is that everyone tried too hard to make it as adorable as possible, but it doesn't even care to avoid the most basic romcom clichés, especially in its third act when things become too sappy, silly and contrived.
A sweet coming out story that normalizes being gay, however, hits some standard beats in the coming-of-age genre and occasionally forces sentimentality upon its subjects. The representation and joy the film depicts makes up for its overall lack of nuance. Let there be more pictures like Love, Simon, and hopefully in the future, add some subtlety. What we have now, though is a film that could ease the pain of many teenagers and those who see themselves in Simon's plight, and help them accept who they are. Rating: 71
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