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Move over, The Fault in Our Stars. Hit the road, Hunger Games. A new YA book-to-film adaptation is in town, and its name is Love, Simon.
Based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Love, Simon follows a seventeen-year-old boy named Simon who falls for his online pen pal, Blue. At first Blue is the only person who knows that Simon is gay, but throughout the movie Simon discovers more about himself and contemplates coming out to his friends and family members. He also tries to uncover Blue’s true identity—the movie can’t end without us knowing who Simon’s secret beau is, now can it?
We’re excited about Love, Simon for a multitude of reasons, one being that it sounds a lot like modern, progressive version of A Cinderella Story in which Simon is Sam and Blue is Austin Ames. But while that’s a very good reason, it’s not the only reason. Keep reading and let us convince you that Love, Simon is the adorable, wholesome, queer love story of your dreams.
From the kissing-under-the-mistletoe fantasy sequence to the heartfelt quotes about Ferris wheels, Love, Simon has all the makings of a feel-good teen rom-com. Our copy of She’s the Man is getting a little worn out, so it’s probably about time that we give something else a try.
Simon using “I like your boots” as a pickup line to get a cute landscaper’s attention (we’re stealing that one, by the way). Simon and his friends dressing up as Cristiano Ronaldo, post-Presidency Obama, Wonder Woman, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono (aka “Fancy Jesus” and “That Girl from The Ring”). Love, Simon’s recently-released trailer and thirty-second sneak peek are both full of weird, unexpected laugh-out-loud moments, which means you’ll probably still love this movie even if you’re especially sap-averse.
You might recognize Nick Robinson, who plays Simon, from The Kings of Summer, Melissa & Joey or a little indie movie called Jurassic World. He also performed alongside Amandla Stenberg in this year’s Everything, Everything, meaning that he’s no stranger to the world of YA film adaptations. Divergent’s Keiynan Lonsdale (who plays Bram) and 13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford (who plays Leah) are also YA vets. Plus, Greg Berlanti—aka the king of the Arrowverse—directed the movie. Berlanti’s currently producing a million and one TV shows including The Flash, Supergirl, and Riverdale. But he also worked on Dawson’s Creek and Everwood, so he definitely knows a thing or two about making the best, funniest, and most painful parts of the teenage experience entertaining.
Becky Albertalli apparently got to watch an early cut of the movie back in August—and if her thread of passionate, overjoyed tweets is any indication, she was over the moon about it. According to Albertalli, the movie is “funny and relevant and timeless and charming and honest and painful and SO ROMANTIC.” She also warned us that Robinson as Simon will “steal” our hearts and praised Berlanti for taking Simon’s story “to a place that I couldn’t.” Book-to-film adaptations are often hit-or-miss, so the fact that Albertalli thinks Berlanti and co. did her (hugely beloved) novel justice is a major relief.
Don’t get us wrong, we loved Brokeback Mountain as much as the next person. But we’ve been waiting for a gay love story where no one dies or contracts a terminal illness for what feels like forever. The “Bury Your Gays” trope has become seemingly inescapable over the last few years, so Love, Simon—a movie in which a gay protagonist gets to fall in love, experience joy and sadness, and dress up in goofy Halloween costumes just like everyone else—is actually kind of ground-breaking. And according to TRL, Love, Simon is the “first gay teen romance comedy-drama produced by a major Hollywood studio.” This is literally one for the history books.
Love, Simon comes out on March 16, 2018. Brighten up your day and watch the trailer below.