Love comes in many forms, and it is our duty to be accepting of all kinds of love, for it is, after all, uplifting, transformative, and many would argue, the only thing that gives meaning to life. ‘Love, Simon’, directed by Greg Berlanti and based on Becky Albertalli’s novel ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’, is a movie that explores the depths of love.
Coming out in public about your sexual preference is an intensely personal journey and everyone deserves their time to be sure about what label they want to identify with. Added to that is the pressure that one’s family might not be accepting of anything other than a heteronormative orientation. Enter Simon Spier, a closeted gay high schooler, who has to balance his friends and family, while also dealing with a blackmailer who threatens to oust his identity. To top it all off, he also has to uncover the identity of a secret gay pen pal that he has fallen in love with.
Although this seems like a stirring pot for drama, the content has been handled very sensitively, and the film is praised for the diversity in the cast, big-hearted approach, and the revolutionary normalcy with which it treats homosexuality. Critics have also said that the film is tender and sweet, not to mention life-affirming. With so much praise being heaped on the movie, you must watch it if you have not seen it yet, and if you have seen it, you know how this film deserves a re-watch. Anyway, before we get into where you can watch the movie, let us tell you a bit more about ‘Love, Simon’.
What is Love, Simon About?
‘Love, Simon’ focuses on Simon Sprier, a closeted gay high schooler who lives with a loving family and has three best friends. Nick and Leah are the ones he has known for life, and the group gets bigger when Abby, a newcomer, joins in. Simon gets to know from Leah about the online confessions of a closeted gay person in their school, who goes by the pseudonym ‘Blue’. Simon starts interacting with Blue, using the name ‘Jacques’. They confide personal stuff to each other, which all goes horribly wrong, when Martin, a fellow student, discovers the exchanges. This selfish boy bullies Simon into helping him win over Abby in return for keeping the exchanges a secret. Meanwhile, Simon begins to suspect that Blue is actually his classmate, Bram.
The story shifts to a Halloween party, where Simon tries to connect with Bram but walks in on him kissing a girl. The party quickly turns into a stage for drama, as Nick confides his feelings for Abby to Simon, but Simon sabotages any possibility of their relationship blooming because he has to help Martin, his blackmailer. When there is too much to handle, alcohol often is the answer, and Simon ends up getting drunk, and Leah walks him home, while vaguely telling him about her feelings. Simon believes she is talking about Nick.
Simon tries his best to help Martin, getting him and Abby to practice together for the school musical. During their meeting at the diner, he begins to bond with Lyle, the server. However, before he gets a chance to ask Lyle if he is Blue, he understands that Lyle is interested in Abby. Anyway, Simon perhaps feels he cannot keep his sexuality a secret any longer and tells Abby about it, who reacts positively, to his surprise. Upset about Lyle, he advises Martin to make a grand gesture to win Abby, and when Abby does not reciprocate, Martin is humiliated in front of the entire school. The unsporting Martin leaks the emails on Christmas Eve and ousts Simon. On Christmas morning, Simon comes out to his parents, who are taken aback, but supportive. In the meanwhile, he shuts out his friends and his sister.
After the holidays, Simon loses all his friends and his pen pal. How does this happen? Well, Nick and Abby get together over the holidays and are not thrilled that Simon tried to sabotage their happiness, even if it was under threat from Martin. Leah is hurt because she actually had feelings for Simon, and takes offense at the fact that he came out to Abby before coming out to her. Blue is naturally upset because the mails have been leaked and completely ceases contact.
Simon finally decides to bond with Ethan, an openly gay student, and they discuss the hurdles of homosexuality. Simon decides to fight for friendship and love, and he goes to the school’s gossip site to post an apology for his friends, and to seek out Blue, asking him to meet at the school carnival. The musical at the school brings some glad tidings for Simon, when Leah, Nick, and Abby make amends. At the carnival, Martin too shows he is sorry by buying Simon another ride on the Ferris wheel. Bram sits next to Simon and reveals he is Blue. He admits that the girl he kissed was a drunken misunderstanding, and as they ride the Ferris wheel, Simon and Bram kiss, with their friends cheering them on.
At the end of the story, we see that the group has gotten bigger, as Simon is now dating Bram. While picking up his friends and boyfriend for school, Simon suggests a little adventure. What this adventure will be is anyone’s guess, but for now, let us tell you where you can watch ‘Love, Simon’.
Is Love, Simon on Netflix?
Netflix has an enviable library and the content provider must be lauded for giving gay people a safe space on their platform by including some spectacular stories about homosexuality, and homosexual relationships. Although ‘Love, Simon’ is not on Netflix, you can watch the beautiful film ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color‘, and ‘Milk‘.
Is Love, Simon on Hulu?
Hulu has an ever-expanding library, and they stay ahead of the curve by smart addition of content. While ‘Love, Simon’ is not available on Hulu, subscribers can add the Cinemax pack to their existing plans to watch the movie. It costs an additional $9.99 per month and lets you access all of Cinemax’s content. Watch ‘Love, Simon’ here.
Is Love, Simon on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime has one of the most enviable libraries, bested only by Netflix. ‘Love, Simon’ is available on the platform. Although it is not available to Prime subscribers as is, they can add the Cinemax pack for $9.99 per month to access all Cinemax content. Alternately, they can purchase and stream the movie for $14.99. We recommend the Cinemax pack, for more content. Watch ‘Love, Simon’ here.
Where Can I Stream Love, Simon Online?
No subscription to Hulu or Amazon Prime? No worries. You can still watch ‘Love, Simon’. Head over to Max Go and stream the movie. Of course, you need to have a subscription in order to stream it. Anyway, watch ‘Love, Simon’ here.
Where Can I Watch Love, Simon Online For Free?
How could we forget about the freeloaders? While ‘Love, Simon’ is an absolutely wonderful film, there might be some skeptics who want to watch it before paying, or who simply don’t want to pay for a re-watch. Well, we suggest heading to Amazon Prime or Hulu and using the free trial period for Cinemax to watch the movie. You get a seven day trial period, and this is only one film, so you should be done watching it with time to spare.
However, we urge our readers to pay for the art they consume, especially art that seeks to sensitize people, like ‘Love, Simon’.