'Love, Simon' is the Queer Coming-of-Age Film We Needed Yesterday

Love Simon

Love Simon

Where would we be with gay films if more of these characters were given the opportunity to do what their straight counterparts have been doing for decades - acting awkwardly around their crushes, flirting to their heart's content and sharing with audiences what it's like falling in love? The outcome is so charming, authentic and emboldening, LGBTQ advocates should strike while the iron is hot and demand Marvel add a superhero movie headlined a gay main character to its franchise (unless, of course, you really think Deadpool's sexual fluidity is going to be revealed in the upcoming sequel). That's new. And given the number of people now running Hollywood who were gay teens 20 to 40 years ago, it's surprising this is the first. A veteran writer and producer of such teen fare as TV's "Riverdale" and "Supergirl", Berlanti knows this world intimately, both personally and professionally.

The interplay between me and women, me and men, now suddenly seemed entirely different. It's altogether a friendly, old-fashioned movie, very tame in its depiction of burgeoning sexuality, without life-or-death melodrama or rejection - and that pleasantness can make it seem less revolutionary than it is, like it's the hundredth one of these, not the first.

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For Berlanti, who is openly gay himself and grew up closeted until his early 20s, the film is a labor of love.

Simon hasn't come out to anyone but Blue. It's also worth mentioning that three members of the main cast are persons of color (Alexandra Shipp, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.). Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel make great parents for Simon, involved without being clingy, caring without being clichéd. This will speak volumes to real teens in the same complicated position. The actor explains that he came out to his family and friends when he was 18.

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The blackmail subplot provides conflict for a story that otherwise wouldn't have any, and for which not having any is kind of the point. Anybody who's out? It was helpful to me when I was in the closet. Our progress as a society has rendered a once-reliable fictional device ineffective.

The success of "Black Panther" and the momentum behind #MeToo are propelled by the idea that representation matters, and "Love, Simon" is part of that conversation.

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"Love, Simon" is a universal story, even if you're not a gay teenager.

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