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.