|Directed by||:||Greg Berlanti||Produced by||:||Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey||Screenplay by||:||Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger||Based on||:||Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli||Starring||:||Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner||Cinematography||:||John Guleserian||Production company||:||Fox 2000 Pictures Temple Hill Productions|
Movie review: Love, Simon is the perfect high school movie for 2018
Love, Simon is the perfect high school movie for 2018. At least, I take their word for it that this is what high school is like now. It seems right.
Simon (Nick Robinson) is gay but hasn’t come out yet. When the high school gossip page prints prints an anonymous coming out by Blue, Simon e-mails Blue under the name Jacques.
Small details show how high school is different now. A bench seats five people all texting on their phones. People are taking selfies in the hall and the principal (Tony Hale) has to confiscate phones. Yet it’s not overbearing with technology.
Other details like teenagers mocking bad ‘90s movies remind the Clueless age that it’s someone else’s turn now. Abby (Alexandra Shipp) uses the word figuratively correctly, showing a generation that has corrected their predecessors’ slang.
Teenagers are more fluent about sexuality. There is only one out student (Clark Moore) but everyone’s journey is different, and even he is bullied by A-hole jocks.
The correspondence between Simon and Blue offer teenagers an example of how it can be done. Just because people live in an open society doesn’t mean everyone automatically knows how to express themselves.
Simon’s parents (Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel) are a little bit too open about sex, which makes their kids uncomfortable. His dad makes “innocent” gay jokes, but he’s not homophobic. He literally (correct usage) doesn’t know why that would make straight people just as uncomfortable to hear.
Simon has good friends. Besides Abby, there’s his childhood BFF Leah (Katherine Langford) and Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.). You’d imagine all of them would support Simon coming out, but they’re each figuring themselves out at the same time.