‘Love, Simon‘ is a romantic film about the LGBTQ sexuality and their struggles in life. Although I had a little struggle watching the movie since it was already the last showing date, and the ticket booked was the last full show. It was stressful enough to wait for my booked ticket schedule, but this movie was worth it.
Here are some pointers on why you should watch or rewatch the movie Love, Simon.
#1. It is timely.
Society today has identified diverse sexuality: lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers. Although most places have wholeheartedly embraced the LGBTQ, this still doesn’t make the whole world accept them. Some high school kids get bullied for it. Thus, like in the movie, going out of the closet is not an option that would be chosen but must be done eventually. It is the reality strike of this movie that perfectly describes kids today and how they cope up with society. It is a daily struggle of being cautious enough for anyone to go near the secret under your hood to actually pretending that everything is fine and you’re not dying inside. The society today f*cks people up to the point that it drives everyone crazy of being free but not really that free to express.
#2. It shows the importance of family.
When you get a girl pregnant or you get pregnant, it is always the hardest part of the path you are about to take: TELLING YOUR FAMILY. Bringing “outside the norm” news to the bunch will always lead to two different things them getting shocked but will accept you anyways and there’s the part where they get really shocked that then all goes straight down to hell, bonds broken and all. It’s either to form a strong bond or to destroy the household. Either way, family first; they are bound to know sometime. Blood is supposedly thicker than water. Yet, we go for ‘water’ most of the time.
#3. Simon’s Dad
Gay people fear one thing the most: telling their family. They get hung up especially on what their dad would think of them. Lucky if you have a caring, compassionate father that accepts everything that goes his way without resentment and hesitation. But in most cases, tough, strong dads rule the world. In the movie, like all dads, Simon’s dad was shocked the Christmas morning Simon delivered his “coming out” news to him. Eventually, he apologized for not being there for four years after his son has discovered his sexuality.
#4. The Actors
Nick Robinson (Simon Spier) has told everyone that he is one hundred percent straight. On the other hand, his colleague and movie love interest, Keiynan Lonsdale, has said to come out weeks after the movie wrapped up filming. Lonsdale acted as Bram, a friend of Simon who flirtatiously exchanges emails with Simon and goes by the alias Blue. Lonsdale was confirmed to be Blue at the end part of the movie where he finally showed up as per what Simon posted publicly for everyone in their school to know.
This movie doesn’t only help closeted gays out there; it also helped the actors get out.
#5. Leah Burke
Who would have thought the fifth one would be the one that struck me the most. Leah is in love with Simon, and she hoped that Simon was in love with her because he turns down every girl that comes his way. Little did she know, Simon actually doesn’t like women, thus cancels Leah out of his ‘to date list’.
Leah is the kind of girl a guy should have. She initially doesn’t handle Simon’s going out well and that even pushed her to a confession. However, she later wholeheartedly accepts the fact that she doesn’t have a chance with Simon – a guy who likes a guy. I’ve known many people who got heartbroken because their love interest turns out to be gays or lesbians. It would automatically scratch you off that ‘to date’ list since straight is not what they are. Overall, Leah handled this one well.
You just have to accept the fact that there is no way that person is going like you. Unless he reverts to being straight and that’d be a really lucky opportunity.
It is a movie that brings out your emotional self in a way that you would remember your family and friends and how you should treat them. How you should treat a fellow human. How you should not judge, and lastly how you should accept someone for who they are because everyone has their inner struggles, and no one is liable for making their decisions but them alone.