For those of us at least twice the age of its teen protagonist, there’s a bittersweet thrill to watching Greg Berlanti’s winning, puppy-eyed gay romcom Love, Simon.
With a story about a closeted, clean-cut schoolboy (the adorable Nick Robinson) coming to terms with his sexuality through anonymous emails with another secretive classmate — think a post-millennial You’ve Got Mail — it’s a
film we could only dream of seeing in mainstream cinemas when we were Simon’s age. But be glad it’s here now to make some confused adolescents out there feel a little less lonely.
This isn’t the edgiest gay love story you’ll ever see, but that’s the point: the battle for representation on screen has been long and hard, and we’ve earned a dose of simple, sweet, boy-meets-boy comfort viewing.
Love, Simon is in cinemas now.
Words: Guy Lodge