Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Simon is just like you and me. He lives a normal life, has friends and family but he has a massive secret that he’s been keeping to himself since he was 13. He’s gay.
The movie follows the life of Simon who starts to come to terms with his sexuality and the feeling of true love and loss.
This movie is truly an emotional roller coaster for those who know the exact situation he is in.
Simon starts to build confidence when suddenly an anonymous person at school reveals he’s gay on a messaging board.
In response Simon sets up a secret email account to communicate with the anonymous poster and soon starts to develop feelings. Being anonymous, Simon has no idea who it is but would attempt to guess and tries to purse them only get his heart broken and become even more confused.
Along the way another student attempts to blackmail Simon after finding his email conversation on a school computer. In fear of losing the anonymous person and being outed to the entire school, Simon does as he’s told and in the process hurts and pushes his friends away.
The blackmailer in a moment of rage posts the email conversations on the school messaging board for everyone to see and outs Simon anyway. This is the turning point in the movie where everything starts to fall apart and Simo loses his grip on life.
At Christmas, after he had been outed, Simon decided to come out to his parents, who are accepting but his dad takes a little time to process and support his son.
I’ve personally never understood the need for this. Why LGBTI people had to ‘come out’? We are the same as anyone else. We live normal boring lives like everyone else. Why is there a need for young kids and adults to build up so much anxiety and pressure for themselves?
The feeling of being outed by someone is not a good feeling. You become angry, upset, depressed and lonely. You shut everyone out from the world. This is what Simon did. For some people in this world they aren’t able to handle the intensity of emotions like Simon does and resort to suicide.
This movie touches on many fragile moments on the path to being comfortable with your sexuality and I agree with others, it would have been nice to have this kind of movie when I was growing it.
It’s a movie everyone needs to see. I hope it creates the right conversation so that our future LGBTI youth can feel like they belong in every community.
If you are confused and need to talk to someone about your journey, please reach out to your closest friend, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or drop me an email or PM on social media.
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