A lot of coming-of-age stories on the big screen deal with teenagers who are misfits, and who are often going through problems at home. The new trailer for Love, Simon turns that trope on its head. Simon fun-loving and has a core group of friends. He likes his parents and enjoys spending time with his family. Regardless, he's been hiding the fact that he's gay from those closest to him for the longest time and he's trying to figure out the best way to show everyone else his true self. Meanwhile, a lot of crazy high school stuff will bring him closer to another young man who is holding back just like him. You can watch the full trailer for the movie, below.
Love, Simon is based on the popular YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The book follows Simon, a young man who is struggling with finding love when he hasn't told the people closest to him that he is gay. He begins emailing with Blue, another young man from his school who is dealing with the same coming out situation. The Love, Simon trailer doesn't get into a whole lot of details regarding the plot, but if you've read the book, you should know there will likely be a blackmail situation in the movie, and that it will set up a series of events that will hopefully make Love, Simon an interesting watch.
The one thing that totally struck me while watching the trailer for Love, Simon, though, is the presence of Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as the parents of a teenager in the movie. Garner, especially, has played a parent before on film. Garner actually had her first kid back in 20005, so in real life she does already have a tween right now. Regardless, it's still always shocking to see actors and actresses transition from action roles like Garner in Alias or Elektra to playing the parent of an older child in a teenage drama. It definitely gives me some sense of my own age.
Regardless, overall, the trailer for Love, Simon is pretty emotional -- as teen dramas often are. There's even a moment with a ferris wheel, people, harkening back to The Notebook and other romance films.
It's the biggest release that Greg Berlanti has directed so far, other than Life as we Know It, which also featured Josh Duhamel. Berlanti is mainly known for being the producer on major TV hits like The Flash, Arrow, and most of the other DC TV project you can think of. He's also the producer behind Riverdale on the CW, so he knows a thing or two about the types of projects younger audiences can get behind.