It's been a minute since I have clapped and cheered in a movie theater. This film is educational but not preachy, which is what I loved most about this film. Without the typical high school parties of drinking overload and nonsense. Rob Simonsen composed the music, a mix of new age synth heavy with songs from The Bleachers as Jack Antonoff executive produced the soundtrack. A fun playlist carrying the emotions of being a high school senior eager to exist fully in the world. While I have not read the book, "Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda" by Becky Albertalli, this film is a rare stellar book adaptation adapted by writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Many of the scenes felt unpredictable, almost on the edge of your seat, which added to the interest of watching the film. I walked away texting all of my friends to go see the film.
Nick Robinson gives a suave and beautiful performance as Simon. Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel have wonderful chemistry as Simon's parents, Emily and Jack. Jennifer reminded me of her character Vanessa from "Juno". She is sympathetic and charming as well. A scene between Simon and Jack is sentimental, awkward and light-hearted. Talitha Bateman wonderfully played Nora, Simon's ambitious chef younger sister. Alexandra Shipp, Katherine Langford and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. play Simon's best friends, Abby, Leah and Nick with incredible acceptance of Simon, great tension in the friendship and understanding their own insecurities and place in life. Logan Miller plays Martin, a wildly obnoxious classmate of Simon's who becomes an antagonist. Tony Hale plays the funny and borderline creepy vice principal who becomes an ally to Simon. Natasha Rothwell is the scene stealer as Ms. Albright, Simon's hilarious and sympathetic drama teacher.
Take a group of friends. I watched this film happily, taking in experiences and learning about what it is like for someone to come out as gay. To want to hold their narrative. This film also affirms that I need a window bed.