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Love, Simon

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Affecting, lovable romcom about gay teen has a little edge.

Movie PG-13 2018 109 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 10+

Wholesome and endearing.

A lovely, wholesome movie about growing up and figuring out who you are. I absolutely loved this movie.
age 12+

Best Movie

First, I would like to thank you for creating and releasing this amazing film. I have not heard of this film or the book series until I first watched the film on July 27, 2018. This film came “out” March 16, 2018. Ever since then I have been a fan of the Simonverse. This is the first film and romantic-comedy drama released by a major studio-20th Century Fox (Now 20th Century Studios after purchase by Disney) with a gay lead. This is the best romantic-comedy drama film I have ever seen and I have seen 100s. Great story, great music, great characters, great actors, great attention to detail, and overall great production. Everyone involved in Love, Simon has shown how amazing they get their job done. I will be enjoying Love, Simon and other Simonverse projects for the rest of my life. Including Love, Victor on Hulu which has been renewed for a second season. Everyone needs to watch this amazing film, so they can understand what other people have to go through to get their love story. Everyone deserves a great love story. This film and the tv show are based off the book by Becky Albertalli, “Simon Vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda”. The book is a great read and I cannot wait to read all of her other books she has written. This world needs to be more inclusive no matter what we believe in spiritually.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37 ):
Kids say (177 ):

Tender, sweet, and affecting, this is the mainstream romcom that gay teens might not have even known they needed. But when they watch it, they'll find themselves deeply reflected. Aside from art-house movies, which don't play in many of the places lots of young people live, gay teens aren't the stars of movies. They may be the wacky, bitchy best friends (who never get a love interest) or only recognizable via subtext, in longing glances, pregnant pauses, or dialogue that circles around something but doesn't quite get there. In Love, Simon, Simon's gayness is front and center, right in the first lines of the movie's dialogue. But the conflict isn't "how will this poor tortured homosexual live his poor tortured life?," it's whether Simon can accept himself and move confidently into his adult life as a gay man.

Spoiler alert: He does, and he's accepted by his circle of photogenic friends and kind, supportive parents -- heck, even the whole dang school, which gathers (unrealistically) to clap when Simon (further spoiler alert!) gets the guy. This movie isn't particularly quirky or deep; it's predictable, the characters are fairly thinly drawn, and both cheese and corn make their presence known. (Were you wondering whether this movie has both a huge teen house party and a big emotional speech at a football game? Yup!) But this is the movie a gay teen could watch with the whole family -- Grandma and Grandpa, too -- and not be embarrassed. And everyone in the room would be captivated by the appealing actors, the relatable romance and teen angst, and the gentle messages about kindness, acceptance, and love.

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