Love, SIMON – Rated PG-13

Love Simon

LOVE, SIMON – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 49 mins. 

Director:  Greg Berlanti 

Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Jorge Lendeborg Jr and Keiynan Lonsdale

Based on the Novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli – we meet

High School Senior Simon (Nick Robinson), who is blessed with a loving family, life-long friends, and a secret he’s been keeping from everyone around him…or so he thinks…

When a message via email finds Simon, it seems that someone else within his class is struggling with the same exact issue, keeping from everyone around them that they are homosexual.

Simon ~ and his anonymous new friend via the internet ~ soon find that having the opportunity to share their feelings with one another, and their issues with letting the outside world know who they really are, is eased, just by having someone to talk to…

But when an acquaintance at school by the name of Martin (Logan Miller) finds out about Simon, and his anonymous friend, Simon is torn between telling everyone who he really is NOW, or to attempt to keep his secret from the world, if only for a little while longer…

I give LOVE, SIMON a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Yep, that’s right.  I think everyone parent, every teenager, anyone who is struggling with any issue in their lives should see this film on the big screen.  I know you’re thinking” Dear God, another coming of age film…but with a “coming out” twist, really???” But don’t let the trailer for this film mislead you, as this film, and the way it tells Simon’s story, is not only touching and moving at every turn, but LOVE, SIMON makes you stop and look at the world, and each other, with more openness and acceptance, every step of the way.  From its multi-dimensional storyline, to its superbly mastered cast, there isn’t one inch of this film that I didn’t absolutely love!!!  Robinson’s perfect performance as Simon is exceptional throughout (Watch out Ansel Elgort, there’s new kid in town with the same look, and he’s really good too J ).  Add in the small, but endearing performances by Garner and Duhamel as his parents, with the perfectly portrayed performances by Langford, Shipp, Miller, Lonsdale and Lendeborg, and you have a down-right fabulous film the whole family.  I also thoroughly enjoyed the vastly comedic performance by Tony Hale, as Principal Worth, as well.  Take my word for it, each element of this film is so brilliant, so inviting, so genuine, that you just have to see this story play out on the big screen this weekend at a theater near you…That is ALL! J

Kathy Kaiser