Love, Simon Will Steal Your Heart!

Ashtyn Britt
Writer
abritt@lc.edu

Love, Simon might end up truly being the movie of the year. Based on the book Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this coming-of-age and coming-out story is important for LGBTQ+ people all over the country who have been searching for a movie to truly relate to.

This movie shows the story of a closeted gay young man named Simon, along with his best friends, his family, his desire to find love, and his big closet-sized secret. Things start to change when he connects to another closeted boy online, and the two develop a connection over emails.

Events grow more complicated when someone finds out Simon’s secret and blackmails him with the threat of kicking him right out of the closet. What’s specifically so refreshing is that there was a point made to break stereotypes. Simon isn’t obviously flamboyant, he doesn’t wear pink with pointed shoes, and he doesn’t come across as a joke character.

Simon is a real and well-rounded character with an enticing inner-monologue and incredibly relatable with his feelings of confusion and frustration. Love, Simon embodies the inner struggle of many LGBTQ+ teenagers to accept themselves and open up to others about who they really are. Living in a world where even today there’s very prominent levels of homophobia, this movie creates a large step in the right direction for equality.

This movie is not only great for LGBTQ+ people, but for their families and loved ones as well. The movie presents a very real interpretation of how coming out of the closet can be, and for the people who don’t quite understand what it means when their loved one comes out, this can help them maybe gain some new perspective. This movie deserves two large thumbs up and for everyone to buy a ticket to watch it as soon as possible!

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