So I know I’m late to the game here, but don’t blame me, blame the fact that I live in France and this movie hasn’t even been released here yet! If you haven’t figure out what movie I’m talking about from the title, I’m talking about Love, Simon. If you don’t know what Love, Simon is, then you’re definitely out of the gay ether and/or you don’t live in the US where there was a huge marketing push for this film. And that’s the whole point of this post. A major fucking Hollywood studio made a gay coming of age story and gave it a wide release and my queer 20-something little heart couldn’t be any fucking happier.
So, the movie was obviously cheesy, a bit overly simplistic, and definitely was dampened by the fact that the gay protagonist was played by a straight man (I love you, Nick Robinson, but I think it’s time gay actors play gay characters).
Here’s what I need to say about this film: this is the type of film that I wish existed when I was in middle/high school and coming to terms with who I was and who I wanted to be. Watching this film, I saw myself. I saw many different iterations of myself. I saw love and positivity and harsh truths about what the coming out process can be like. What I liked the most was the fact that, while the two main gay characters focused on in the film are definitely not the most stereotypical — which by the way isn’t the point of the film as queer people come in all shapes, sizes and vocal depths — they touched on various stories of the queer experience. Was this your typical Hollywood high school flick with just a gay twist? Obviously. But this is what we need!! We need queer youth to be able to see themselves on the screen and be told that what they’re going through is normal and okay and that you are still the fabulous you that were before and after coming out.
So that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. Go watch the film. Show your straight friends. Make your families watch this film. Let this film open the eyes of those people who may not be so tolerant. Just go watch this movie!!
If you don’t believe me, just watch the trailer below:
Oh, and bonus: Blue from the film has this dope af song about gay love. It’s a bop.