If only more mainstream films could bestow the grace upon its subject and citizens as new high school romantic comedy Love, Simon. From the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, the film’s titular senior (played by Nick Robinson) is sitting on a big gay secret, one that becomes quickly apparent to not be as dire to an outsider as it is to the introverted, sensitive Simon. He has liberal parents, open-hearted friends, and the school already has an out gay kid, for God’s sakes. A love story shouldn’t be so hard to fathom, especially these days.
And all that changes when an anonymous student, dubbing himself Blue, takes to the school’s blind item blog with the cutting words “nobody knows I’m gay.” Simon reaches out under his own alias, creating an oasis of support and affection between the two young men with a safety net of unrevealed identities.