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REVIEW: Love, Simon (2018)

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edited April 2018 in Movie Reviews

PEx Reviewer: LyonsEye
Philippine Release Date: 
Opens May 9 nationwide in PH cinemas from 20th Century Fox
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
* * Rated R-13 by the MTRCB


We all have this one huge-***** secret.

Love, Simon explores the complexities of self-discovery, acceptance, and coming out. This coming-of-age film appeals to audiences through the character named Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson), a typical teenage boy with a supportive family and great set of friends, who comes to accept his sexuality at an early age but keeps it a secret for fear of rejection from loved ones and the people around him. Together with Greg Berlanti’s execution of teenage drama last seen in Dawson’s Creek, the film connects well with the audience, working on the premise that each of us has a secret to tell and that self-discovery and acceptance is both universal and human.

Simon’s coming out story begins when a schoolmate codenamed “Blue” confesses online that he is gay. As he tries to discover the person behind the anonymous account and find a confidante who can relate to his struggles as a closeted teenage boy, Simon exchanges e-mails with Blue and together, they slowly worked their way to coming out to be who they really are. However, Simon’s secret and interest for Blue was put in danger when someone blackmailed him, forcing him to balance the safety of his secret and his relationships with friends and family.

While the film works around an LGBT-themed plot that is very much familiar, it still offers a fresh take on coming out, devoid of the usual cliché’s seen in most movies where the treatment often times becomes overly dramatic or tragic. Love, Simon was able to remain tender and affectionate, balancing the heaviness and seriousness of coming out with the bliss of romance and assurance. Although the film does not totally present LGBT issues and their realities, the plot works well through a portrayal of a loving and liberal society that welcomes diversity. It works its magic by leaving the audience hopeful for an accepting society through a protagonist who everyone can relate to. Simon’s story of emancipation is not only reserved for those in the LGBT community, but for everyone who seeks to free themselves from all sorts of struggles to be who they really are.

Rating: 9/10

Love, Simon comes out in theaters nationwide on May 9
Sneak previews on April 30 and May 1 in select cinemas nationwide (please check cinema schedules)
Discuss the movie here: Love, Simon
Watch the trailer here!


  • pabziclespabzicles PEx Rookie ⭐
    Aga ng review. Looking forward to this one.
  • yestoyesto Administrator PEx Admin
    pabzicles said:
    Aga ng review. Looking forward to this one.
    share your thoughts also pag napanood mo na :)
  • ScareYouOftenScareYouOften Moderator PEx Moderator
    Ang ganda ng review! Loved reading it. I also attended the premiere last monday and I loved the film! Will see it again once it opens on May 9
  • pabziclespabzicles PEx Rookie ⭐
    yesto said:
    pabzicles said:
    Aga ng review. Looking forward to this one.
    share your thoughts also pag napanood mo na :)
    Ill share my view po. Once nanood ako sa 30. :D
  • unendinggrace12unendinggrace12 Member PEx Expert 🎖️
    I knwo there's so much hype with the movie. I know how it was received well by critics. 

    Pero coming from someone who read the book, mas kinilig ako sa book. Iba talaga 'pag nasa book. You can't help but compare. The movie failed to make me kilig.

    It's worth a watch though.
  • kapiranggotkapiranggot PEx Rookie ⭐
    The story is light and kilig. I have seen the movie around 3 weeks ago and maganda naman ang build up ng story. 
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