Love, Simon

Not your expected teenage drama

Love, Simon

Noemi Picazo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

 

Sorry to the late John Hughes, the man who brought us The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (you know, all the classics), but teen films just aren’t what they used to be and it’s for the better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the film, Love, Simon, seventeen-year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), from an achingly-liberal family in the suburbs, lives a seemingly perfect life, only he hides a major secret from the world, his sexuality. Though Simon has the perfect support system – cool, artsy friends, liberal, funny parents – he can’t and won’t come out.

The only person who knows about Simon is Blue. Blue is a classmate who begins a virtual relationship with Simon over a shared struggle to come out. 

But in this digital age, catfishing is as common as breathing so the question of Blues identity becomes the driving mystery in the film along with the rising question of whether or not Simon will be able to conceal his identity.

As for the rest of the characters, everyone is cool and compassionate. Especially Simons friends who drink iced coffees on the way to school and have a remarkable vinyl collection or his parents who didn’t explode when Simon came home wasted from a party.

As you might expect, Nick Robinson perfectly portrays the way Simon, and any other young man struggling with his sexuality, suffers through isolation and uncertainty. His wit and charm only give shape to the character who teaches us that privilege offers no real comfort at all.

Let’s not forget about the remarkable Katherine Langford as Leah, Simon’s heartsick, keeping-her-own-secret best friend, or Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, the parents grappling with their own issues.

Love, Simon is a giant leap forward in the way films have begun to deal with how teenagers come to terms with their sexual orientation. It is this radical shift and heartfelt story that leaves us coming back for more.

Seriously. I watched it twice.

All in all, for a filmed aimed squarely at teenagers going through the most pivotal years of what’s left of their youth, Love, Simon proves to everyone that whoever you are, wherever you are, love can be hell.