Love, Simon Movie Review

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I was lucky enough to be invited to Love, Simon Premiere on February 9, 2018 in Montreal! Big thank you to Harper Collins for having me at the event 🙂

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This movie has the most ordinary plot ever with some of the most ordinary lives ever. 

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  • Finally, we have a normal YA movie with no “cliques” and the superficial images of teenagers and thank god it’s about time. Finally a party where no one gets past first base or driving drunk. Yes people, teenagers can actually be responsible.
  • The character development is amazing!  It also helps that the acting was very strong, not only with the main character but all the side characters as well. What is very interesting is, not once, the character ever felt shame. He did feel sadness and frustration because he might lose someone he cherished, (spoiler from here) even when people found out, he reacted his best to make them understand that’s how he is. 

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  • The humour was ON POINT. I laughed so many times and it as super smooth and not forced on us.

  • The adults are not afraid to step in and help the teenagers. I think that’s one of strong aspects of this plot. So often, the adults are portrayed as distant and absent or totally not “getting” what teenagers feel. But to be honest, they will never know if the young ones are not opening to them or the adults don’t take time to ask questions. The parents figure in this movie really illustrates the support family can provide or the teacher assistant who’s not afraid to talk against the bullies.
  • The emotional investment. OMG I CRIED SO MUCH. Some scenes were just too pure and too real. I could relate to them so much. 
  • Coming out as gay or lesbian or transgender is not an easy to do and it will not be easy until we all accept that everybody deserves love and has the choice to be whoever they want to be. This movie offers a very genuine, honest and cute way of showing the world that you stay true to yourself, even if you make some mistakes along the way, if you surround yourself with the right kind of people and keep doing your thang  you will be much happier than trying to fit in.
  • For the first time in a really long time, THEY FINALLY NAILED A YOUNG ADULT MOVIE!! LIKE Y’ALL, CAN THIS REALLY HAPPEN?!giphy

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What did you think of the movie? Let me know in the comments if you’re excited about this release! Have you read the book? 

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21 comments

  • I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the movie! This is a fantastic and sweet book that deserves an equally fantastic and sweet movie and it makes me very happy to know that’s exactly what it got.

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  • I want to watch this movie so bad! I think like it is the hot topic of the month! It is everywhere on twitter! and I am so happy and wow that they invited you! No wonder! You are super good! ❤

    I love your review and it makes me feel like I totally need to watch it! I did before but this is considered peer pressure XD

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  • Lucky you for getting the invite! I can’t wait to see the movie, although I kind of want to do a reread before I go to refresh memories.

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  • Ah I was waiting to read this until after I had watched the movie. Okay so I have mixed feelings. I thought the movie was good, it hit me in all the feels, it made me so happy, but I also don’t think it compared to the book. It felt slower, and some scenes felt sillier than they were intended to feel. I laughed SO much though, and I absolutely loved Simon’s relationship with his parents.

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  • YAY I am so glad you got to see this movie early, what an incredible opportunity! Unfortunately, I will have to wait late June to see it in my country, but I can’t wait – you make it sound so amazing and I already find the cast quite great, too, so I can’t wait to see them on the big screen 😀 x

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  • I’ve read the book and oh I can’t wait to see the movie. 😀 So far I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews which is making me so excited. Basically it seems like a great adaptation and I know I’m going to love it (should probably find out when it’s being released in the UK)!
    Great review Trang, and I’m really really glad you loved this movie as well. 🙂 ❤

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  • I’m so glad this was good! I really want to see it!! I’m psyched this showed teens in a different light and had such good character development. And cool that it showed supportive parental figures. And I love emotional movies! Awesome review!

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  • Yes!! I did read the book! Loved it! The movie… however, doesn’t release in my country for two more months! *sobs silently*

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  • I’m glad you liked it so much, as have many others. But I was dissapointed. For me, Love, Simon, stands out for its Glee-style, middle-America, sugar-coated representation of gayness and the bothersome disruption to Simon’s coming-out experience. If all such experiences were so gentle it would not be the trauma it is for many.

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  • Yasss! Just finished watching this film! I’ve been placing this on hold thinking that it might just be like any of those cliche romance stories between guys, and I’m happy to say that it’s not! I agree that the plot is simple and at some point predictable, but the touch of family and friendship won me over!

    As to the book, I’m yet to secure a copy and my reading list isn’t exactly limited so it will have to wait.

    Nice thoughts!

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