By Eamon Incognito 42Fifty Staff Writer
The movie “Love, Simon” was based off the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The book is about a gay teenager, Simon, and his struggles with coming out of the closet.
In the movie, Simon finds an anonymous pen-pal who is closeted just like him. They email each other back and forth in anonymity and find themselves falling in love. Eventually a fellow student finds out his secret and tries to blackmail Simon to help him get a date with one of Simon’s friends or tell the school about his and his pen-pal’s sexuality.
Ashley Cramer, a teacher at Oswego High School saw the movie with her family. When asked how she felt about the movie she says “[she] loved it, and so did [her] two kids and [her] mother-in-law…” She feels that the movie is important for adults and young people to see because “it sparked a lot of discussion… [about how] there’s still a stigma attached to [being gay] and even though it is widely accepted today, it still is hard for… a lot of people [to come out].” She says it helps remind people that it is still difficult for people to come out in the LGBT+ community.
Some people in the LGBT+ community were skeptical if Nick Robinson could accurately play Simon because Robinson is heterosexual. They say that Robinson couldn’t understand because he wouldn’t understand the fear and pressure of revealing one’s sexuality. Mrs. Cramer disagrees and says that “[Robinson] was great in the role and he did a very good job.”
“Love, Simon” was written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, and directed by Greg Berlanti. The movie has received a total of $34,777,264 in the box office as of April 5, 2018. The movie was given a 8.1 out of 10 stars by IMDb.
Eamon Incognito covers LGBTQ events and Oswego High School community events. He can be reached email@example.com