Hey, it’s Garrett, and I’m definitely not a movie critic.
A few weeks ago, I signed up for MoviePass. It was $7.95 a month (now it’s down to $6.95 per month if you buy a whole year upfront), and I get to see one movie per day. There are some restrictions, but for the most part, it’s super simple. You use an app, you check in to the movie you want to see once you’re at the theatre, and your special MoviePass Mastercard gets loaded with enough money to buy your ticket. MoviePass is accepted at the Regal Cinemas in Lima, as well as movie theatres in Celina, New Bremen, Jackson Center, and Bellefontaine.
So last week, I saw the new movie “Love, Simon“. It’s a story of a teenager who knows he’s gay, but doesn’t know how to tell anyone. His friends, family, anyone. He begins emailing another gay student at his school, who admitted, anonymously, that he’s gay on the “school secrets” website.
But it’s high school. So you know there’s a jerk who’s going to ruin everything.
I’m not going to spill my guts too much about the plot, because I want you to go see it.
The movie is based on the book “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by John Green. John Green is a wonderful writer who beautifully captures the teenage years. I had pretty high expectations for this movie, and it exceeded my expectations.
The plot. I saw five movies in March, and this movie had, by far, the best, most believable plot.
The actors were phenomenal. Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner were both outstanding as the “our lives and families are perfect!” parents.
I literally can’t think of one.
So, breaking news, I’m not gay. But this movie definitely made me think about how hard it is for gay people to come to terms with the fact they’re different, and how difficult it can be to make that announcement to the people you love and care about. There’s a powerful scene where Simon’s straight friends announce to their parents that they’re straight, and it’s not a big deal. But it’s not that easy for Simon, or any gay person for that matter.
I thought it was a spectacular movie, and if you get a chance, go see it. I’d give it an 8.1 out of 10.