Living the perfect life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Based on the book by Becky Albertalli, 'Love, Simon' is the perfect example of that. For this high school student (played by Nick Robinson), his life seems perfect. He has great friends, a loving family and zero indication of bullying. This movie almost seems like a dream, showing that Simon's only problem is his own identity. This movie puts a new spin on the already popular 'Catfish: The TV Series'.
To the untrained eye, it seems that Simon is living a normal teenage life. Then an anonymous letter is posted online by a student with the pseudonym "Blue" reveals his sexuality to the world. This is where things start to take a turn. Simon starts to build an email relationship with him under his pseudonym "Jacques". Coming out to Blue in his initial email “I’m just like you,” he writes hoping to get a response from the John Doe. Not to give too much away, but never use a public computer to send private emails. You will regret it. This started a whole new problem for Simon when he is forced to come out to the world.
Even if you're not LGBT+, this movie is for everybody to enjoy. This movie genuinely made me laugh and cry. There was nothing but cheering and clapping throughout the film. Not only was the audience for the advance screening I went to so diverse, they were invested in Simon's journey just as much as me. While this movie is targeted for teenagers, it has a really powerful message that I think anyone will be able to enjoy it. It's so relatable and cheeky, I almost had to take a step back and realize I was watching a fictional movie. I recommend everyone see this movie. It's the perfect balance of comedy and romance, while also heart-wrenching.