Whether Love, Simon is the ultimate ‘coming out’ gay movie that Hollywood has been clamouring for is open to some conjecture – but it at least works as a heartfelt melodrama.

The main characters – although likeable – probably aren’t strong or gritty enough to make this comedy/romance/drama as clever or eye-opening as it thinks it is, but there’s undoubtedly enough amiability here to still make it the gender-defining equivalent of The Fault in Our Stars (as this was produced by the same team).


And when another fellow pupil goes anonymously online on the school forum to say he’s of the same inclination – but he’s yet to ‘come out’ – Simon becomes fascinated with his story and they spark up a friendship under false aliases.

But when he accidentally leaves his email details open on a school computer this sparks off a chain of events – with particular consequences for his close friends – that will soon lead to Simon disclosing his revelation – with his parents Emily (Jennifer Garner) and Jack (Josh Duhamel) also in the dark – and will make him come to terms with his identity.

And through a few decent twists and turns this is nicely pieced together to becoming a watchable – and intermittently moving – genre movie.

It sadly doesn’t really take any real risks – and whether Robinson shows enough acting range to get the most out of the lead part is questionable – but there’s a pleasantly charming undertone that allows this modern teenage love story to still make its mark.

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Cast: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Jorge Lendeborg Jr & Keiynan Lonsdale

Running Time: 1 Hr 50 Mins

Director: Greg Berlanti

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