Today marks the last day of Pride Month, so we've picked out one final flick worth celebrating, "Love, Simon." This 2018 film follows a closeted gay boy named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) in high school who's dealing with another boy threatening to out him. We would describe this film as an emotional rollercoaster. But Simon might describe it as more like an emotional Ferris wheel.
"Love, Simon" was adapted from the book "Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda." It even had the same title originally, but it was too long so they just went with "Love, Simon." This movie explores the ups and downs associated with the process of coming out to your friends, family, and peers. Simon has an extremely normal life with great friends and a loving family. But what makes his life not so normal is that he feels the need to hide his true sexual orientation. After he sees online that another boy from his school confessed to being gay, he feels to need to reach out. Simon doesn't know this boy's actual name, only his pen name "Blue." Simon then creates the pen name "Jacques," and the two begin to bond online over their secret.
Eventually, another boy finds the emails between the two and takes screenshots in order to blackmail Simon. This results in Simon doing whatever he can to make sure this kid keeps his secret. This leads Simon down a very slippery slope. Things only get more complicated as this unfortunate situation begins to worsen. Simon must decide how long he can handle having this secret held over his head because the only alternative to come out on his own terms.
The Pride Month Connections
This film really dives into the highs and lows of how someone's sexual preference can affect their lives. It shows how those who do not understand may try to manipulate the situation or may ridicule some for who they choose to love. It's the cruel truth that only those who've gone through it will understand. But it also shows the bright side. This movie illustrates the courage it takes to stand in front of the world and say, "This is me and I won't apologize for being who I am." It shows that the people you should pay attention to aren't the ones who judge you, it's the ones who love you unconditionally.
When a person finally chooses their moment to come out, even if it's not ideal, a weight is lifted off of their shoulders and they can finally be the person they were born to be. This film should aim to show those who are closeted and afraid to come out that they aren't alone. Even during the filming of "Love, Simon," one of the supporting cast members Keiynan Lonsdale came out publicly. Also, the brother of lead actor Nick Robinson came out at the beginning of filming as well. This movie is not only just a wonderful film, but it can also be a sort of icebreaker for those who want to come out to someone but don't know the best way to introduce the topic.
Why You Should See It
We would describe this as a dramatic, yet heartwarming film that you should watch with your whole family. Actor Nick Robinson as Simon Spier is something that you can't miss. His performance as this closeted boy trying to navigate society's social norms while still being true to himself is incredible. His portrayal of this character is very relatable whether you're gay or not. He's just a normal young man who happens to be gay and he's trying to find love.
This movie just emphasizes that it shouldn't matter to anyone else who you love, it should only be up to you. And it's not some fluffy story that claims there won't be any struggles or people working against you, but no matter what, the heart wants what the heart wants. Also, for those who may not know much about Pride Month, they're sure to learn something from "Love, Simon."
Did You Know
This movie was actually the very first big-studio film to have a gay teenager as the protagonist. Also, "Love, Simon" was so popular that a television show titled "Love, Victor" was produced following the film. And Nick Robinson is the narrator of the series.
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.