This Rom-Com Will Change the Way You View All Types of Love
By: Jessica Scarimbolo
It is 2018 and it seems only right that the movie industry has finally released a romantic comedy revolving around a gay couple. “Love, Simon” was released in theaters on March 16, making nearly $50,000,000 in its opening weekend.
The film tells the story of a 17-year-old boy named Simon whose life seems to be completely normal for that of a high school student, except that he is battling with coming out as gay all while falling in love with an anonymous classmate online.
Spoiler alert: by the end of the film, Simon comes out to his family and friends, defying his fears that the people who love him would not except him.
While staying true to himself, he also goes on a date with a classmate who he has developed a strong relationship with after a few months.
Every single queer person should see this film. If you are battling with your sexuality or struggling to find the courage to come out to those around you, get ready to fall in love with “Love, Simon”.
Simon’s journey and anxiety around coming out to his family and friends is a completely rational fear that closeted people have, specifically adolescents.
If you are in this position, this film will hopefully inspire you to come out and be yourself in your truest form.
While it may seem that “Love, Simon” only targets people in the LGBTQ community, the film is absolutely essential for everyone to see. While it tells the story of a gay high school senior, it also tells the story of bravery.
For many, their sexuality threatens aspect of their life, perhaps their family or home situations.
Similarly, it could change the way people view you, though it doesn’t change you as a person. Unfortunately, closeted people often have the fear that their family and friends will no longer want to be associated with them.
Because of this, coming out requires bravery.
“Love, Simon” also demonstrates strong family values. It can absolutely be assumed that parents of a closeted child could have a hard time with their son or daughter coming out at first, simply because they are now finding out about a huge part of their child’s life that they have been hiding.
In the film, Simon’s parents, played by Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner, demonstrate an example of the way that parents should react to their child coming out as gay.
Though he remains a bit quiet and distant at first, Simon’s father talks with his son explaining that he wouldn’t change anything about his son. “I just want you to know that I love you. I wouldn’t change anything about you.”
His mother’s character also notices a change in Simon’s behavior after he comes out, which should be something liberating for a queer person. “You get to exhale now, Simon. You get to be more you than you have been in a very long time.”
The scenes that involve Simon’s mother and father coming to a place of true acceptance with their son’s sexuality had the entire movie theater in tears, including yours truly.
Interestingly enough, the film does not ignore the fact that though we are living in a progressive era, there are still homophobic people in society, specifically in schools, who will bully those who are gay.
The homophobic bullies in the film use derogatory terms, ultimately getting them in trouble by school authorities.
Hopefully, the inclusion of these characters will speak to those bullies and inspire them to be more open-minded to those who are different than they are.
Another beautiful aspect of the film occurred at the end when Simon ends up with Blue, the guy he spent months emailing with and getting to know. Simon emails Blue and asks him to meet him on the ferris wheel if he wants to expose himself and start a relationship with Simon.
Luckily, Blue does meet Simon on the ferris wheel, showing Simon and the audience who he is, something we are unsure of throughout the entire film.
After meeting him on the ferris wheel, Simon and Blue kiss, which make all of their classmates yell in excitement, similar to everyone in the seats of the movie theater.
“Love, Simon” is a film that should be watched and rewatched. For all people, not just those in the gay and lesbian community, this film should be talked about. It promotes love in every form: romantic, family, and friendship.