‘Love, Simon’ relates to LGBTQIA community

By Associate Life Editor Karah Wilson

Since its release in the U.S. March 10, “Love, Simon” has become a staple for the LGBTQIA community. “Love, Simon” is based on Becky Albertalli’s book“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.”

Nick Robinson plays Simon, a gay high school student who struggles coming to terms with his sexuality. Viewers see how Simon’s life changes throughout the movie from being in the closet to having a fellow classmate out him.

The movie revolves around Simon emailing back and forth with another classmate who uses an alias. The movie later who is reveals who the classmate is. Eventually, a fellow classmate outs after blackmailing him into setting him up with one of Simon’s friends. This causes Simon a lot of grief telling his friends and family about who he really is. Simon is afraid that his friends and family will not aceept him for who he is.

There is a bit of conflict between his friends and family after his coming out for reasons other than their new knowledge of his sexuality. His father, however, is the only one who takes a little longer to come to terms with his son’s announcement.

The moments that made me emotional were when he came out to his loved ones. That is a very real experience for a lot of those in the LGBTQIA community. Those moments prove that, even though the rest of the movie is  a little unrealistic, that is an element that everyone can relate to that strugglewith the situation.

My feelings during the movie are described as “happily emotional” for Simon. “Love, Simon” is a movie I would recommend to anyone who would like to have a better understanding of what it is like to go through the internal and external battle of coming out and expressing sexuality while dealing with other’s reactions.

I fully expected this movie to be very cliché and just like every other “feel good teen drama” movie. However, that is not the case. While the movie is very emotional and moving — yes, I did cry — a lot of what happens in the movie is very unrealistic.

The unrealistic expectations this movie provides to viewers are very over-the-top and would not happen in real life. While the core topic of the movie is very relatable to those in the LGBTQIA community, the way most of the events are portrayed are impractical. This is why I give this movie 4 stars out of 5.