By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

“A gay teenage romcom from mass-market TV titan Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon is affecting and heartsore in all the right places, but comforting above all: you leave it with the same light wine-spritzer buzz you get from Bridget Jones’s Diary or 13 Going on 30, though its adolescent target audience shouldn’t even be that inebriated. Like Call Me by Your Name, it tells the story of a winsome 17-year-old boy awakening to his alternative sexuality, but where Guadagnino’s louchely sensual film was made for festivals and arthouses, Berlanti’s clean-cut, decidedly un-queer one was made for malls and multiplexes: it’s largely sexless and edgeless.”

“A gay teenage romcom from mass-market TV titan Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon is affecting and heartsore in all the right places, but comforting above all: you leave it with the same light wine-spritzer buzz you get from Bridget Jones’s Diary or 13 Going on 30, though its adolescent target audience shouldn’t even be that inebriated. Like Call Me by Your Name, it tells the story of a winsome 17-year-old boy awakening to his alternative sexuality, but where Guadagnino’s louchely sensual film was made for festivals and arthouses, Berlanti’s clean-cut, decidedly un-queer one was made for malls and multiplexes: it’s largely sexless and edgeless.”

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