Love, Simon continues to be a source of joy for LGBTI audiences across the world. It’s a wonderful film of representation and a classic high school rom-com.
It’s also the gift that keeps on giving.
Recently, a deleted scene from the movie was released and it stars none other than Colton Haynes.
The scene sees the titular Simon at a gay bar with his friend Nick. That’s when Haynes approaches them, mistaking Simon for someone else he knows. Then, naturally, he asks Simon to dance.
— Nick Robinson Updates (@dailynickrob) May 29, 2018
Things take a tiny turn for the worse when a bartende asks for the high school student’s ID, though.
An overdue milestone of inclusion
Love, Simon, directed by Greg Berlanti, was a hit with critics and fans alike. It earned a 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, making it certified fresh.
As Peter Travers wrote for the Rolling Stone: ‘Greg Berlanti’s groundbreaking gay romcom is an exuberant gift, a John Hughes movie for audiences who just got woke and the first mainstream studio release to put a closeted teen front and center.’
While Glen Weldon at NPR posited the film’s ‘quieter, deeper coming-out storyline’ forms its ‘true emotional center’.
Overall, the movie earned $40.8 million at the domestic box office, on just a $17 million budget. Worldwide, it’s earned $57.5 million so far.