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|Original title:||Love, Simon|
|Genre:||Drama, Comedy, Romance|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Approx. 110 min|
Seventeen-year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) has a loving family, great friends, and things are actually going very well at school. And yet Simon isn't really happy. Because for years he's been carrying around a secret that he hasn't revealed to anyone yet: Simon is gay. And he longs for his first great love. When a classmate comes out anonymously, Simon begins to communicate with the stranger by e-mail. At last he can reveal himself to someone, express his dreams and desires in words. Simon quickly falls in love with his anonymous e-mail friend. But who is this boy? And when is the right time to come out to his family and friends?
With Love, Simon, director Greg Berlanti has followed in the footsteps of the great John Hughes. His coming-of-age story about a teenager's first love, like Hughes' films in his day, plays with the normal everyday concerns of teenagers in an entertaining mix of comedy and drama. Overdrawn, yet very authentic. Most notably, the sympathetically drawn characters make this film adaptation of Becky Albertalli's novel Just Three Words an entertaining treat that offers plenty to laugh at, but at the same time really gets to your heart.
Although Simon's homosexuality is of course a big theme in the story, the makers have managed not to really bring it to the fore. Rather, it becomes quite clear that no matter who you love, the dreams, fears, pains, and happiness are all the same. Greg Berlanti, who is currently enjoying great success as a producer of series such as The Flash, Supergirl and Riverdale, has already shown a good knack for depicting the everyday worries of growing up with his work on highly acclaimed series such as Everwood and Dawson`s Creek, once again manages the difficult balancing act between kitsch and real life, between heart and humour.
For this he can also rely on a very well chosen ensemble. Lead actor Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) is just like his co-stars Katherine Langford (Dead Girls Don't Lie) or Keiynan Lonsdale (The Flash) not completely unknown, but still unspent. Especially the acting of the young actors is pleasantly relaxed, which is why the characters they play quickly grow on the audience. They, the sensitive direction and the good script make Love, Simon a wonderfully light-footed, charming and clever teen comedy, which deliberately avoids crude jokes and too stale clichés and evokes memories of genre classics from the 80s with well-drawn characters and amusing dialogues. Absolutely worth seeing
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