With Call Me by Your Name, Moonlight, and even the upcoming Princess Cyd invigorating the queer coming-of-age genre over the past year, it’s only natural that Hollywood should finally bless us with our first mainstream teen love story. Love, Simon, which arrives in March 2018, stars the older brother (Nick Robinson) from Jurassic World as a handsome 20-something — sorry, “teenager” — who struggles with coming out to his friends and family.
While it’s getting easier for teens to come out in less conservative parts of the country, Love, Simon will still speak to many teens who struggle with America’s perpetually conflicted attitudes toward sexuality. It will also likely speak to certain queer adults who are still mad they didn’t get their own version of The Notebook, Can’t Hardly Wait, Pretty in Pink, or Grease (depending on what decade they’re from.)
The first trailer for the film, which hit the web yesterday, teases the titular Simon’s quest to both embrace his own sexuality and discover who his anonymous gay suitor is. There also appears to be a lot of crying, hugging, Josh Duhamel (yum), and tone-deaf title cards. (What’s up with the “Rock Bottom” card? Do we need to know if Simon is passive/receptive?)
Josh Duhamel isn’t the only attraction. Love, Simon also incorporates universal themes and lovely prose from its source text, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Exhibit A: As Simon ponders the potential consequences of coming out, he reflects to himself, “Maybe a part of me wants to hold onto who I’ve always been a little longer.” He continues, “No matter what, announcing who you are to the world is pretty terrifying. Because what if the world doesn’t like you?”
Check out the trailer below.