If there’s just ONE reason that Love, Simon is a groundbreaking, phenomenally important film, it’s this: LGBT people are coming out because of it.
The film – which stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen in his final year of high school – is your classic coming-of-age romance, except that Simon is gay.
Like (also iconic, but very different) mid-00s teen film A Cinderella Story, Simon forms a relationship with another gay guy at his high school over the internet, without either of them knowing who the other one is.
A lot of the film centres around the fact that, despite having the most supportive networks in the world, coming out is still a huge deal. Simon has supportive parents, great friends, and isn’t feel ashamed of who he is – he just wants to come out on his own terms, when he’s ready.
And clearly, the message is resonating, because young queer people are coming out because of this film.
“I came out during Love, Simon,” wrote one person on Twitter. “My friends were there, my parents were there, a full theatre was there. People were laughing and singing and crying and clapping throughout the whole movie. I’ve never seen a movie bring people together this close. I made friends there. Teens need this.”
I came out during love Simon. my friends were there, my parents were there, a full theatre was there. People were laughing an singing and crying and clapping throughout the whole movie. Ive never seen a movie bring people together this close. I made friends there. Teens need this— love, j ???? (@endlesslyqueer) March 18, 2018
Not kidding, someone just publicly came out in the theater at the end of #LoveSimon What an amazing movie!!!— ???????????? ???????????????????? (@amyhanks97) March 11, 2018
i came out to my mom while the credits to #LOVESIMON played. she said she feels sorry for all the parents out there who will miss out on their kids’ lives, but that she won’t miss out on mine. thank you @beckyalbertalli and @KeiynanLonsdale ❤️????— love, kayla (@_andrewminyard) March 18, 2018
after watching #lovesimon with my dad, i came out to him in the car. i had the courage to come out to my parents bc of this movie. this movie is important, pls go see it. i cannot stress enough how important/life changing this movie is for the lgbtq+ community. @lovesimonmovie pic.twitter.com/RUozd0qscM— love, kai???? (@marvelusholland) March 19, 2018
ALSO AT THE END OF THE MOVIE ONE GIRL STOOD UP AND CAME OUT TO THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE AND IM SO PROUD OF HER AND IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND #LOVESIMON IS AMAZING— love, abs (@lokistyIes) March 17, 2018
Just saw #LoveSimon with one of my best friends and came out to my parents when I got home. This movie was amazing and it's what I needed— Mason Cargola (@mr_mason02) March 17, 2018
love, simon? one of the best films i’ve ever watched. it’s not an amazing masterpiece bc of its cinematography like cmbyn, but bc of the subject and the way it was portrayed. i absolutely adored it. and then i came out as bisexual to everyone right after seeing it 🙂 #LOVESIMON— love, bogi (@steviesbxck) March 18, 2018
I got the chance to see #LOVESIMON today. It was beyond amazing and exceeded all my expectations. Def a must see!! I also came out to my family today, and I'm still riding that rollercoaster of emotions. Thanks to @lovesimonmovie & @beckyalbertalli for helping find the courage.— Love, Montse (@MEDlCINEE) February 21, 2018
The film also stars 13 Reasons Why‘s Katherine Langford as Simon’s best friend, and Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as his unfathomably attractive parents.
Go see it if you want to watch a really nice, funny movie but also are prepared to sob uncontrollably quite a bit.
Love, Simon comes out in Australia on March 29 (pun totally intended).