Like with most genres, if you’ve seen one teen romantic comedy, you’ve seen them all. However, there are still some charming qualities featured in this feature.
“Love, Simon” follows the story of the titular character, played here by Nick Robinson, who’s making his way through high school. He has a good group of friends, a caring family and is involved in numerous activities. However, Simon hasn’t come out yet that he’s gay to his family, school or his friends.
The film picks up with Simon finding out via a social media website that an anonymous classmate of his has come out as gay. In response, Simon opts to reach out to his classmate and starts messaging him, and the two begin a discourse. Despite this, though, Simon keeps the fact that he’s gay a secret, choosing to wait out the time until he’s ready.
At its core, “Love, Simon” is a heartfelt movie. When the film does get to some of its emotional highs and lows, they feel rather genuine and it can hook an audience in. This is especially true when it shows Simon interacting with his pen-pal and the two share their backstory. It very much brings what Simon is going through to the forefront.
However, at the same time, the film has some clichés that detract from the overall product. For example, there’s a typical situation where one of the characters tells a lie and it snowballs until it’s all revealed. These plot devices never sit well with me, since it would just take a simple explanation to resolve the matter, and they don’t add all that much to the character development.
The flick also had some humor that was quite hit or miss, with some of the dialogue feeling like it was trying too hard. Then again, maybe that’s just the way kids talk these days, but still, some lines seemed forced.
The acting, though, is largely on point. Robinson does nice work as the protagonist, providing the character with a strong personality and making him quite relatable. Robinson also captures some of the emotional turmoil that Simon goes through during the movie’s events.
The supporting cast, for the most part, is fine here, too. Katherine Langford, who plays Simon’s best friend, is great in the role, and the same can be said for Alexandra Shipp, another one of Simon’s friends.
Overall, “Love, Simon” is an all right picture that carries a good message. Still, it’s not the most memorable movie of its genre. 3.5 out of 5.