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Love, Simon has become the latest LGBTQ film to make a splash on the big screen.
The film received a lot of positive feedback due to the fact that it was an LGBTQ film produced by a major film company (FOX), it had a well-adjusted gay character as the lead and it had a “happy ending.”
“I think that it’s really great there is more representation in movies that are coming out now. It’s nice to see that it’s not a secondary character or background character; it’s the main character who the story is focused around,” says Sharaya McCollum-Brown, 20, who helped form the LGBTQ group at Niagara College.
“I think it was quite relatable for a lot of people. Not only young people but LGBT of all ages and it’s really good to see in the media,” McCollum-Brown says.
Directed by Greg Berlanti, the plot centers around Simon, played by Nick Robinson, who has one secret about himself: he is gay.
Simon reads a message on his high school group page from a closeted student who called himself Blue.
Simon emails Blue and while they don’t know exactly who the other is, the two begin an online friendship.
A student discovers Simon’s emails to Blue and blackmails Simon by threatening to make them public.
The emails were released online and Simon is outed to the whole school.
Josie Sarre, a 20-year old journalism student, says, “Simon’s choice to come out, when that was taken from him, made me realize I didn’t get that.”
The film ends with Simon meeting the student he had fallen for and starting a relationship with him; a stark contrast to films like Call Me by Your Name, which ended with the main character left heartbroken.
The film, which is based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, comes nipping at the heels of Call Me by Your Name, a film with an LGBTQ lead, which received three Oscar nominations, and won Best Adapted Screenplay.
Love, Simon reached theatres in North America on March 16.
The film earned $11,756,244 in its opening weekend at the box office.