April 01, 2018

How ‘Love, Simon’ Inspired People to Come Out

After the success of Call Me By Your Namemany people are now excited to watch Love, Simon, another LGBT-friendly film. It’s based on the YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda about a closeted gay teenage boy named Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson).

The movie will premiere in the Philippines in May, but many are already giving their praises to the movie. Those who’ve already seen it say that it’s an important film for the LGBT community. So if you’re looking for reasons to watch it in a couple of months, we listed them down for you.

Jennifer Garner’s comeback role

Love, Simon has an all-star cast that also includes Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, and the return of Jennifer Garner on the silver screen. News noted that this movie may be the best comeback film for Jennifer. The outlet also said that Jen should take this opportunity to revamp her resumé after a series of “bad career choices.”

The gay character isn’t a sidekick

AV Club praised the film for making Simon feel like a main character that people can relate to and not just someone’s sidekick. Through his character, viewers are said to deeply feel his coming-out story rather than the general drama and comedy that goes with the film.

Something that even parents should watch

When Love, Simon premiered in the US, I saw tweets on how their parents cried during the film. Most of them were conservative, Christian parents. One netizen shared that after watching, it was like a wall was lifted between her and her mom. Awww.

Helped people to come out

People shouldn’t be forced to come out to their friends and family when they aren’t ready. But it’s also difficult for those who are afraid to finally be themselves. But it seems that teens were inspired and were able to come out after watching Love, Simon. The film also helped young adults to face their fear and just be honest to themselves and the people around them. So if you need a little push and support, go watch with your friends and family.

 

Art by Yayie Motos

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