A fair warning – Love, Simon is romantic as hell.
Simon (Nick Robinson) wants you to know he’s just like you. He does the same kind of stuff with his friends, enjoys the same out of school activities, and has most of the same problems. There’s just one difference – he’s gay. Apart from his secret, his life is wonderful. His parents (Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel) are both super supportive, and his little sister Nora (Talitha Bateman) is an aspiring chef. He’s been friends with Leah (Katherine Langford) and Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr) since pre-school, and has recently become close mates with a new girl at school, Abby (Alexandra Shipp).
His world is turned upside-down, however, when a post appears on the school gossip site. A closeted gay kid has come out – without revealing his true identity – and Simon finally feels as though someone gets what he’s going through. How does he tell his parents, or his friends? When should he do it? How?
Love, Simon let’s you partake on this journey alongside Simon, but it’s not all about his sexuality. The film (based on the novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli) is a romantic comedy that everyone can enjoy, no matter their sexual preferences or identity. The soundtrack is perfect, and cements Love, Simon as the equivalent of a John Green novel directed by John Hughes.
The core friend group of Robinson, Langford, Lendeborg, and Shipp have indisputable chemistry, and are a wonder to watch on screen, as you’re drawn back to your youth and all the dilemmas of chasing love. Whether you’re struggling to come out to your friends and family, or struggling with other problems, Love Simon is relatable and true as they come. Nick Robinson has cemented himself as a viable new leading man.
In cinemas: March 29, 2018
Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp
Directed by: Greg Berlanti