Having conquered the world of television, Supergirl and Riverdale’s Greg Berlanti is making his return to film with Love, Simon, his first feature film as director since 2010's Life As We Know It. Nick Robinson stars as Simon, a 17-year-old boy contemplating coming out as gay while searching for the identity of his anonymous online confidante, in a film based on Becky Albertalli’s YA novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
In his early review of the film, The A.V. Club’s own Jesse Hassenger says Love, Simon is sweet and effortlessly progressive, if unable to overcome its creators’ TV backgrounds: “It’s a feature film with the thin gloss and one-thing-after-another rhythm of a pleasant but lightweight TV show, which makes sense, as director Greg Berlanti is the current comics-to-show czar of The CW,” he writes.
If you’re a fan of Berlanti’s, or of the book, and want to check it out for yourself—and you also happen to live in Chicago—you’re in luck. We’re giving away tickets for an early screening of the film, set to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the Kerasotes Showplace ICON (150 W. Roosevelt). To claim your passes, follow this link; just be sure to arrive early to claim your seat, as advance screenings like this one are frequently overbooked.
Love, Simon opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, March 16. A trailer and poster for the film is below.