We went to see “Love, Simon” today.
For those who have not heard of it, it is a mainstream teen romantic comedy, based on the book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli. The story revolves around a senior in highschool who has a secret: he’s gay. He begins a secret on line e-mail relationship with another closeted boy.
While I went in with low expectations, I was caught off guard by the emotions it invoked in me, and found myself in tears on several occasions. For those who know what it’s like exhaling after holding your breath for years on end, you will probably have similar reactions.
It would be easy to criticize a lot about this movie, and I’m sure many people have and will, but taken for what it is: an attempt at making a 2018 version of an 80’s teen romantic comedy, featuring a character with same-sex attractions, for a mainstream audience, it’s pretty successful, in my opinion. While the execution may have its flaws, the messages it conveys spoke to the scared, closeted gay teen in me:
Being different is scary.
Loneliness is hard.
Love is confusing.
But making a connection and learning to accept yourself, can be more powerful and life changing than we ever imagined.
Love, Simon? I do.