Love, Simon Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg, Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale, Greg Berlanti and romantic comedy movie fans

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Love, SimonMovie Synopsis

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

Love, Simon Viewer Rating: 4.75/5 ****

Love, Simon Movie Review:

I was lucky to be able to preview this a month before everyone else, alongside with my gay friend. At first glance, this seems like a casual, lighthearted coming-of-age comedy. But nope, this touches heart like a punch in the stomach – it’s heartfelt, impactful and easily relatable. So if you are wondering if this is a film “meant for gays”, nope, it’s a film meant for everyone.
Love Simon StillNick Robinson might be straight in real life, but I would say he did a darn good job bringing out the dilemma of a closeted gay. He is just like any other normal straight guys, with a normal family and friends. However, while the conflicted emotions are extremely relatable, I thought that this story is very much every closeted gay’s dream come true. Simon has a open and supportive family, and his friends were very much okay with his inclination. But how true is this in the current society? Well, I’m afraid it’s not so,(sad to say) especially in our traditional Asian society.

I also loved the choice of cast. No typical blondes as the belle of the school, no skinny models as the in-crowd and the characters are so real that they have pimples! The characters are charming because of their personalities, and they look and feel like our every day teenagers instead of gorgeous Mr Perfect (say Zac Efron in 17 Again?) So… that’s my two cents’ worth, and let’s see what do my friend think!
Love Simon Cast StillVal: Love, Simon is a movie that hits home. A movie I wished it came out earlier. An authentic story, about a high school kid who was in the closet. His difficult journey of being found out. Very relatable in today’s modern context. 

What I likes most about the movie was how real the characters were and throughout the movie, they were easy to relate to. It’s a huge step forward, being able to air this movie in Singapore (where homosexuality is still not widely accepted in a conservative country) is a big win in its own right.

Throughout the movie I saw a lot of myself in him. The fear of rejection. The what worst case scenario of having the world turned against me. The constant search for someone in the same boat. All those memories compressed into one wholesome movie.

I think this is a important movie for those in the closet. Almost reaching out and saying “Hey, you got this too. You’re not alone.” And the end of it all, it sends out a message to everyone about what it means to be a huge support. Be it from a sibling, teacher, parents, friends as well as an asshole.

Do You Know?

love-simon-movie-stills-05Director Greg Berlanti revealed that there were clips of the Simon, Leah, Abby and Nick that were filmed without the actors’ knowledge. In order to capture the authenticity of a group of friends beyond the confines of acting, the director would sometimes tell the actors to “cut” but have the cameras keep rolling. Many of these unscripted interactions of friends just being friends (including the dancing in the car scene) made the final cut.

This was the first film produced by a major Hollywood studio to feature a gay teenage protagonist. Although the movie is titled “Love, Simon,” it was actually an adaptation of the book “Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda.” The movie originally had the same name as the book, but it was too long to say, hence the name change. In Simon’s bedroom, there is a copy of Becky Albertalli’s (the author of “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”) other book, “The Upside of Unrequited.”

nick-robinson-love-simon-screening-08Kristen Bell, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer, Tyler Oakley, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, screenwriter Martin Gero, Benj Pasek, Andrew Rannells, Joey Graceffa, Scott Hoying and Superfruit’s Mitch Grassi were so moved by the film, they bought out theaters in their hometowns so the film would reach as many people as possible. Jennifer Garner and Greg Berlanti were so proud of being a part of it they also did the same thing.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out Love, Simon Official Website and Facebook Page!
Love, Simon is out in cinemas on 3 May 2018.

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*Disclosure: Invitation from 20th Century Fox Singapore. No monetary compensation was received for the movie review.

15 thoughts on “Love, Simon Movie Review”

  1. Thats a great review! I love to watch movies like this. To think of the fact that these topics of struggles of teenage sexual identities are still widely a taboo makes me so sad. Movies like this are important

  2. blogthirtyminusone

    I did not realize that this movie was out. It sounds like a pretty good one, I have to check it out.

  3. This is a movie I think I would enjoy! I love movies about people feelings and attitudes facing society and also movies about teenagers. Thank you for the review!

  4. I did see this preview when I was at the theater and I thought it was fabulous. I think it’s very important that movies are showcasing real life situations. It’s important for society to see all walks of life.

  5. What a great and thorough review, this sounds like such a great film and very much needed in this day and age I feel. I would like to see it.

  6. This sounds like such a great movie. I am sad I missed seeing it in the theatre, but will definitely check it out on dvd. I love the two person review and the behind the scene info you gave, I had no clue it was based on a book.

  7. I’m glad to hear your positive review! It has looked like a great film to me every time I’ve seen a preview but I’ll probably only see it when it comes out on DVD (mom life). I really like this actor and ‘real’ teen themed movies!

  8. Sounds like a really cool movie! I like that the cast is diverse. Also, I think it’s cool that they were able to use candid scenes in the movie.

  9. Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty

    This film sounds pretty interesting, its nice to see a film based on a story tha we don’t see touched on too often, I am sure many will find it very relatable!

  10. I have been postponing watching this film until I read the book. Which I have, just have to get it read. But you review is making me want to cave so badly.

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