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“Do you ever feel weird?” is the very first line in the new Love, Simon trailer.
Love, Simon, based on the young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is the story of a high school guy with a crush on another boy in his class. The problem is, he hasn’t come out yet.
Love, Simon is the newest film directed by Greg Berlanti. Berlanti is perhaps most known for his TV work, as he’s the guy behind The CW’s DC Universe shows as well as Riverdale. Berlanti’s had his hand in the film world, too, having directed the gay-themed film The Broken Hearts Club and writing and producing 2011’s Green Lantern.
His latest film stars Nick Robinson as the titular Simon, and Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner as Simon’s parents. Colton Haynes also appears, as Kevin, a college boy Simon picks up in a bar. Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Tony Hale (Veep) also appear. The script was written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, writers and producers on This Is Us.
Simon is gay, but he’s not out at school. Soon, though, he finds an online pen-pal who comes out to him, known only as Blue. Simon ends up spilling all his secrets to Blue. But when Simon’s emails end up in the hands of a classmate, he ends up being blackmailed over his sexuality.
While it’s too soon to hear from critics, Becky Albertalli, the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, has praised the film. She says, “It’s funny and relevant and timeless and charming and honest and painful and so romantic. It says exactly what I wanted the book to say.”
The trailer is totally charming, and we were pretty excited to see this film, but then the trailer features a hilarious sequence of straight kids coming out as heterosexual to their parents — and now we’re sold.