MOVIE REVIEW: LOVE, SIMON (Greg Berlanti, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Sweet and fluffy very much like its source material.

Justice for Simon’s older sister Alice who was vital in the novel, but wasn’t included in this adaptation. I would have wanted to see the scene of Simon’s first time in a gay club (the feeling of being scared yet weirdly excited, the first flirtation with another man, etc.) as part of his coming out experience. The novel’s ending also had an implied R-rated scene that was changed into a more kid-friendly one in the movie.

On the flipside, the film was able to improve on Martin’s (somewhat understandable) reason for outing him to the entire school. I liked the change they made on Leah’s actual crush (since it just became more relatable). I just found it weird that I kept associating Katherine Langford with her Hannah Baker character and expected her to hand over Simon’s tape when she got mad after her rejection. Also, I expected a much cuter Bram.

Loved Nick Robinson. Loved Jennifer Garner. “You get to exhale now, Simon.” 😭😭😭

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published May 25, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: 13 GOING ON 30 (Gary Winick, 2004)

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In retrospect, it was actually a bit creepy watching a grown man kiss a teen trapped in a woman’s body.

Still, this was a great showcase for Jennifer Garner. Her performance reminded me so much of Jamie Lee Curtis’ in Freaky Friday and a little bit of Tom Hanks’ in Big. She was incredibly charming here that I wondered why her career as a rom-com leading lady never really took off.

The young Jen was played by Christa B. Allen. Yup, Charlotte Grayson of Revenge. 😳

Loved the Liz Phair song!!

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“Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can’t I speak whenever I talk about you
It’s inevitable, it’s a fact that we’re gonna get down to it
So tell me
Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you..”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published July 3, 2017.)