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'Love, Simon' Review: Gay Teen Romance Is 'John Hughes for Woke Audiences'

A seemingly ordinary coming-of-age tale that looms large because of its inclusive romantic embrace, Love, Simon wins you over by capturing your heart without pushing too hard for the prize. Given the recent high points of gay cinema on the indie circuit – the Oscar-garlanded Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name being the most high-profile examples – it’s a surprise to learn that director Greg Berlanti’s extraordinary drama is the first mainstream studio release to put a closeted teen front and center. (Television has been way ahead for years on this front.) This adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda goes gentler into…
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