Movie Review: Love, Simon

Simon is a well-adjusted high school senior. For his 17th birthday, his parents give him a car. His sister adores him, and his parents are professionals.  They live in a nice home in the suburbs. Simon is part of a group of good friends. He participates in the high school play. His life is perfect. Except for this massive secret he carries around with him: he is gay.

He senses that it’s time to come out and unburden himself from this load and he is starting to think of a plan. But then, by accident, he walks away from a computer in the library with his email account open – and his secret is there for an enterprising classmate to explore. His plans go sideways very quickly and his coming out is not at all what he had in mind.

Love, Simon is a coming of age movie of a fairytale kind. It’s a teenage soap opera. The world is perfect. I could not figure out where it played. The landscape looks like somewhere in Pennsylvania, but there is no foul weather at Thanksgiving and no snow at Christmas. Everyone lives in stately houses. All the kids in high school look healthy, well-adjusted, smart and engaged. The teachers and the principal are models of their profession. There are no bullies. There are no villains in this movie. Simon’s parents are perfect. His mother is a counselor (or doctor, it was not clear to me) and his father a sensitive, caring man. His sister is an aspiring chef who cooks the meals for the family.

It’s a perfect little world, except for Simon’s homosexuality. But even that is not controversial. It’s like the entire school was waiting for Simon to come out and be happy ever after.

Love, Simon is cute and entertaining. And that’s all I have to say.

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