Normalizing the Normal: Love, Simon’s Impact on the Portrayal of Love in Film

Love, Simon is changing how we see characters in cinema. A coming of age story based on Becky Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Love, Simon opened in theaters on April 9th in the UK and on March 16th in the US.

 

The film stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spiers, your average teenage boy who hangs out with his friends and has a massive crush. The only exception is that he happens to also be gay. After his secret regarding his sexuality gets into the hands of a blackmailer, Martin (Logan Miller), Simon must succumb to Martin’s every wish, which involves setting him up with Simon’s best friend, Abby (Alexandra Shipp). Simon agrees in fear that his private emails between himself and another closeted gay classmate, Blue, will be revealed publicly.

Love, Simon couldn’t have hit theaters at a better time. Everyone loves a good rom-com; and who ever said it couldn’t revolve around two boys falling in love?  In recent years, LGBT+ characters have been featured more and more on television screens: Alec defies his parents wishes by kissing Magnus (at his own wedding, one might add) in Freeform’s Shadowhunters, detective Rosa Diaz revealed she’s bisexual and dating a woman in Brooklyn 99 on FOX, and Cheryl shockingly came out as queer in the latest season of the CW’s Riverdale. Yet even with budding LGBT+ representation in media, it’s still new and quite limited. Therefore, having a movie which revolves around a gay character in its most human form, having an innocent crush, is a huge milestone for film through Love, Simon.

It’s a movie anyone can stand behind. Are you a sucker for a good love story? Check. Looking to have a good laugh? It covers that too. Are you a huge fan of Nick Robinson? I mean who isn’t? Love, Simon is a love story in the truest form. Everyone has experienced young love and Nick Robinson perfectly portrays Simon, who experiences a roller coaster of emotion in under two hours. The film combines Albertalli’s wit from her novel while also developing characters such as Leah (Katherine Langford), who slowly comes out of her shell as the movie continues.

No matter who you are or how you identify, Love, Simon shows it’s time to breathe and be who you are. This movie is not to be missed, and should continue to be celebrated if nothing else.

Lauren Toneatto

Staff Writer

An aspiring artist, avid reader, and Disney princess in training. Commonly found eating Cheerios and creating. She wishes to explore the world and all it has to offer.

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