The new trailer for Love, Simon seems to promise a thoughtful, touching, and funny coming out story of a young boy in high school. Following the likes of great coming of age stories like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, this film focuses on contemporary issues of coming out to your friends and family. Based on the book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, this essentially marks Hollywood's first mainstream LGBTQ coming of age comedy/drama.
Love, Simon follows Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson), a gay high school student who is struggling with how to tell his friends and family the truth about himself, while still navigating the awkward waters of high school. Along the way, he learns of another "closeted gay" student who comes out via an anonymous social media post, only known as "Blue", that then inspires him to seek them out. The film seems to highlight big struggles in the journey of coming out, as the trailer shows Simon having a disagreement with someone who may have outed him without his permission.
This new trailer focuses more on the normalcy of Simon's life with friends and "a family that I actually like", while also introducing this anonymous character "Blue" who is the catalyst for his coming out journey. It highlights his normal life, and how he first realized he had a secret that made him "different", while delivering a pretty great comedic moment. The trailer does a great job of normalizing Simon's inner conflict, especially for audiences who won't necessarily be super keen to see a story like this.
Love, Simon also stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as Simon's parents, and Talitha Bateman (Annabelle: Creation) as his younger sister. Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) is making her first big screen (as in not Netflix) appearance as Simon's close friend Leah Burke, with Alexander Shipp and Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. playing his other two friends. This film will also feature performances from Tony Hale and Miles Heizer.
2017 was such a huge year for LGBTQ on screen, with the critical success of films like Call Me By Your Name and the pleasantly surprising moment that when Moonlight won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Going forward, films like Love, Simon have the opportunity to not only open doors for other directors and screenwriters to tell more LGBTQ stories, but also inspire other men and women who are in a similar place to come out and be truthful to themselves, as well as their friends and family.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- Love, Simon (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018