Mundie Moms

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Love, Simon Preview Screening Spoiler Free Review

Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

On Wednesday Night 1/24 I was lucky enough to see a preview screening of the movie Love, Simon in Melbourne thanks to Penguin Teen Australia. They showed the special screening as part of their showcase where they also previewed YA releases for this year.

Love, Simon is based on the book “Simon Vs The Homosapien Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. The movie follows the overall story of the book with a few small changes as often movies make. But I didn’t feel like we missed out terribly on anything from the book. I was ok with the small changes and understood why some things were left out.

One thing it doesn’t change from the book, if not steps up a notch, is the humour! This movie is classed as a comedy and that it is. You will laugh out loud so many times you may want to watch your timing for sipping drinks. The funniest characters are two teachers who come out with so many great one liners you will never look at teachers the same again. We also get lots of humour from Simon and his friends, I’m just going to say “College dream sequence” and not say too much more!

But ultimately it’s a coming out story of a gay teenage boy. One we don’t see very often and I’m hoping to see it more. It is a great fun representation for all gay teenagers really, those who are grappling with when and how to come out. It also touches on the bullying aspect too, which is handled well, and shows that most people will stand up for you if it gets called out. I was proud to take my 15yr old daughter to see it and I’m hoping all her friends get to see it to, knowing it might strike a cord with some of them.

Love, Simon is released in cinemas on March 16 USA and March 29 Australia. Make sure you check it out and read the book before then as it’s such a lovely read.