Based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, ‘Love, Simon’ is a coming-of-age drama that revolves around Simon, a teenager unable to be open about his sexuality. Simon soon befriends an anonymous pen pal, Blue, a boy who studies in the same school as him. After several email exchanges, Simon falls in love with Blue and sets off to uncover the latter’s identity.
The film is rated R21 with an advisory of “Homosexual Theme”.
The central theme of the film revolves around a homosexual character coming to terms with his identity as a homosexual and his attempts to gain acceptance from his family and friends. The theme of homosexuality, therefore, forms the main narrative of the film as the protagonist is portrayed to overcome his fear of being rejected as a gay male; and coupled with the support of his friends, gradually gains confidence to seek out the real identity of his love interest. According to the R21 Classification Guidelines “stronger and more explicit portrayal and exploration of mature themes are allowed”.
The film also contains some verbal sexual references. These include scenes such as, a man who barges into his son’s room and apologises for interrupting the latter’s attempt at masturbating; a teenage boy who gives a verbal account of his first sexual encounter; and verbal exchanges that make reference to the male and female genitalia.
In addition, the film contains some use of the expletive “f**k” and swear words such as “damn”, “shit” and “asshole”.