Sunday/ I loved ‘Love, Simon’

I went to see Love, Simon, on the spur of the moment today. It is a coming-of-age film, a romantic comedy-drama about a closeted gay high schooler called Simon. (He is forced to come out of the closet – of course. He makes mistakes in the process, hurts people, but his parents and friends are supportive).

I see some film critics wonder if the movie is already too little, too late, for today’s kids for whom being gay is – finally – O.K.  So they don’t need this movie.  Well, I think I disagree.  The movie will be watched by old guys like me, and by parents, and by gay kids that have a rough time where they grow up. And it will mean an awful lot to them.

Picture from the movie, and comment from the New Yorker magazine. From left to right the characters and friends Nick, Simon (actor Nick Robinson, a Seattle native), Abby and Leah. The film is hailed as a first: a major studio backing a gay director making a gay-themed movie. (Robinson is straight). The movie is based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 book ‘Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’.

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