Love, Si­mon

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Cast Nick Robin­son, Jen­nifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Kather­ine Lang­ford, Alexan­dra Shipp

◖109 min­utes ◖Com­e­dy­drama ◖M ◖A L DS ◖In-seat and on wire­less

Smart, fresh and funny, this is an en­dear­ing com­ing-of-age story about sex­ual iden­tity, friend­ships, fam­ily and first love. Based on Becky Al­ber­talli’s novel, Si­mon vs the Homo Sapi­ens Agenda, it’s a de­cep­tively sim­ple screen­play where the vul­ner­a­ble voice of its pro­tag­o­nist leads you on a tu­mul­tuous emo­tional jour­ney.

Teenager Si­mon Spier (Nick Robin­son) has a se­cret: he’s gay. Many rev­e­la­tions fol­low, in­clud­ing the ob­ject of Si­mon’s de­sire, how his se­cret is re­vealed, how a crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion spi­rals out of con­trol, how re­la­tion­ships change and the im­pact on his clos­est friends and fam­ily. Josh Duhamel stars as Si­mon’s father, while Jen­nifer Garner, as his mum, wears her heart on her sleeve.

Told through Si­mon’s in­ner voice, the film feels per­sonal. It all be­gins with an email ex­change on a school blog with an anony­mous stu­dent (pseu­do­nym Blue), who de­clares him­self to be gay. It’s an ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism, a spring­board into un­ex­pected places com­plete with red her­rings, guf­faw moments and sweetly de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships.

©2018 Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox Film Cor­po­ra­tion

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