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.
Audience Reviews for Love, Simon
Universal in that it's not just about a gay teen coming out to the world, but about how scary it is to introduce yourself to the world no matter who you are while specific enough to be a *moment" unto itself. Some really nice performances here, most notably from Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, and Logan Miller (who won't get the recognition he deserves for what he does here), while the MVP of it all may be Ms. Albright AKA Natasha Rothwell as this high school drama teacher who does not, I repeat does not, GAF. There's also this great idea expressed by a character (IN HIGH SCHOOL!!) that concerns not being a casual person in the sense that they're not afraid to show how much something means to them...unafraid to show how much they care. That may seem like something small, but this straight white guy wishes someone would have assured him of this when he was seventeen.
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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