The Importance of Love, Simon


Bianca Torres Hamlin

In March, theaters were packed with a variable demographic form young to old. The much-anticipated movie, Love, Simon, based on the best-selling novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, stars Nick Robinson and Thirteen Reasons Why star Katherine Langford.

Love, Simon centers around the plot of a social media obsessed teenage boy with a huge secret: his sexuality.

Through the use of archetypical clichés, Love, Simon intends to paint the typical life of a suburban friend group looking to have fun and find relationships in their teenage years. Except, this plotline revolves around a gay teenager, something that most movies have failed to include. Simon, the protagonist of the film, begins an internet “relationship” with a similarly closeted boy at his school, in who he develops feelings and interest for.

The duration of the plot stages the typical scene of blackmail from the weird kid, betrayal, and a whole lot of searching for Blue, Simon’s pen-pal.

Although I won’t spoil the plot for you, Blue’s identity is pretty obvious less than halfway into the movie, while the plotline still tries to trick viewers into suspecting other people to be the owner of the alias. There are three love interests that Simon suspects throughout the movie, leading back to one during the final scene of the movie.

While Love, Simon lacks a unique plot line atypical of the teenage rom-com we’ve seen year after year, it’s an important step in cinematography.

Love, Simon encourages teens to embrace their sexuality and seek safe relationships and emphasizes teenagers’ fears of “coming out” to their friends and family due to their belief they will not be received well by the people they love.

Josh Duhamel plays the father in the movie, and he is constantly making insensitive jokes about femininity and sexuality, constantly pestering Simon about his relationship with girls.

The character of the macho-dad is emphasized to show how some teens feel trapped by their family and fear letting them down or not feeling accepted.

So, even if the plot isn’t very unique, and the characters display an overwhelming dose of clichés, Love, Simon is important to our generation in efforts to create an alliance within our community, and tell people that no matter who you love, you should be accepted.