"I am like you," says the handsome and cheerful teenager Simon Spier (Robinson) at the beginning of this innovative yet refreshing movie about a young man who learns to breathe. Simultaneously, Simon seems to be a another face of the millennial crowd in a Greg Berlanti (Riverdale's director) movie that suffers from adolescence. Anyway, this 18-year-old guy keeps a secret, a matter which is causing his anxiety every day.
Nick Robinson (left) gives a winning performance as Simon, a middle-high class last year high school student with a normal life.
In a funny flashback sequence, Simon explains how he dreamed about a certain actor in a certain cinematographic franchise. It was his awakening. Simon has known that he is gay for the last four years but he has not told anyone, not even to his parents (Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner), his sister (Talitha Bateman) or his three best friends: Leah (Katherine Langford), Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) and Abby (Alexandra Shipp).
Director Greg Berlanti (directing a script by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) makes a great job of placing us on Simon's shoes while trying to find out the identity of his online friend.
As the romantic mystery develops, light comedy keeps us entertained. Tony Hale retakes what could have been a stained role as the assistant director of the school and create someone who is not only fun but also is really nice. Natasha Rothwell is extravagantly funny as the bitter but sensitive theatre teacher. Katherine Langford shines like Simon's best friend, who also has a secret.
The most problematic character of Love, Simon is disagreeable Martin (Logan Miller). Martin's scenes sometimes feel forced and unfeasible and are designed to manipulate the plot. This is the only "but" in this wonderful and completely entertaining story.
As an audience, it is totally your responsibility to see Love, Simon. There are worse things to spend the money than in this adorable teenage comedy. Greg Berlanti is allowed to bet on humor, play stereotypes (misunderstandings and messes) of the romantic comedy and appeal to a tone of almost sitcom that works and yes, its happy ending is a cliché, one you've seen innumerable times before.