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Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Tony Hale, [can cut here] Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Keiynan Lonsdale, Joey Pollari, Miles Heizer, Talitha Bateman.
By the time your average American teen experiences his or her first kiss, they’ve probably seen hundreds, if not thousands, of heterosexual smooches on screen.
Berlanti launched his directing career with the gay indie “The Broken Hearts Club,” before finding his footing in television, and this feels like the product of the 15 or so years he’s spent producing shows like “Dawson’s Creek” and “Riverdale” (complete with broad acting, too-close framing, and an over-obvious score). Screenplay: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker, based on the novel “Simon vs.
It doesn’t feel any more true-to-life than the Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” series did, but it demonstrates a refreshing John Hughes-like frankness about the subject of sex (mainly, that it’s a natural thing that people do when they love one another) in a genre that’s too often neutered, or worse, exploited for “American Pie”-style raunch.
It all starts when Simon (who fantasizes about the hunk with the leaf blower who tends his neighbor’s yard, making it pretty clear from the outset that this isn’t just some phase that can be prayed away) discovers a revealing post by a fellow student on the school’s gossip blog: Though the author doesn’t sign his name, he admits to being gay and opens up about the way it makes him feel.
At a cultural moment when it matters so much for audiences to see themselves represented on screen, “Love, Simon” broadens the spectrum to include those who are questioning their sexuality.