“Love, Simon”? I do!

Ava Kornblum

The movie Love, Simon, bringing in a total revenue of 34 million worldwide, is the classic coming-of-age story with a twist. Through the perspective of a closeted gay kid, Simon (Nick Robinson), a high school senior, tackles daily teen problems such as college apps and friendships while trying his best to fit in. His seemingly normal life is matched with two regular, supportive parents (Jennifer Garner) and (Josh Duhamel) as well as a younger sister (Talitha Eliana Bateman) who is engrossed in the art of culinary. He has three best friends Leah (Katherine Langford), Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), and Abby (Alexandra Shipp).

The heterosexual facade is maintained throughout the film until a post on a public message board, by the alias “Blue,” shares that he is afraid of coming out as gay to his peers and parents. This lights a fire beneath Simon and influences him to message back, under the username “Jaques.” Blue and Jaques begin a messaging spree, both afraid. However, the conversations begin to go into depth about their fears and reluctance to confess their “huge-ass secret.”

As the love scandal intensifies between the two, so does the risk of someone finding out. Fellow drama club member, Martin (Logan Miller) threatens to expose the truth about Simon unless he earns Martin a date with Abby. This catalyzes Simon’s escapades and manipulations between fellow teen romances Abby, Nick, and Leah. He justifies his actions as something that is necessary in order to protect “Blue.”

 Director Greg Berlanti, known for teen soaps “Riverdale” and “Dawson’s Creek,” has  experience and understanding in this teen territory. Berlanti grasps the depth of a teenager from the neuroses to the romance he hooks his audience with, in a realistic fantasy creating a connection between the viewers and characters.

The classic stigma that comes with coming-out stories is humiliation, fear, and disappointment often times stemming from the parents, or the gay characters cast as the sidekick and best friend.  “Love, Simon” breaks the ice with an open, inspiring story to hopefully influence and comfort sequestered homosexuals. It captures relatable situations and touches the audience while maintaining comedic and romantic value.

For any readers still skeptical on taking a trip to their  local movie theater to watch “Love, Simon,” I say, don’t be. Throughout the film I experienced more emotions than any other form of entertainment currently out on the market, and I have yet to meet one person with a negative comment on the influential journey that is Simon’s life. 

Mainstream films now have made a huge step forward. Movies such as: “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “Call Me by Your Name,” and now “Love, Simon” are changing the industry for the better. As Simon says, “I’m done living in a world where I don’t get to be who I am. I deserve a great love story and I want someone to share it with.”