Love, Simon review – coming-out comedy is a landmark teen classic

The familiar formula of the high school movie is elevated by warmth, humor and remarkable delicacy surrounding the difficulty of being a gay teenagerIt’s easy to forget, given Moonlight’s groundbreaking Oscar haul and the steady stream of acclaimed Lgbt indies released since, that queer characters in mainstream films are still barely visible.

They make infrequent throwaway appearances in minor roles, providing emotional or comic support while their stories remain secondary, thinly sketched, irrelevant.

Attempts to crowbar them into franchise films have been embarrassingly coy and so instead, their narratives have been forced to stay within smaller films, where the risk of offending or alienating an over-catered straight audience wouldn’t be viewed as such a problem.Related: Game Night review – playful comedy thriller will just about win you over

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