Love, Simon centers on Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old who finds a connection with an anonymous classmate that he chats with online. The catch is Simon has yet to come out to his parents and friends, and his secret may be divulged before he gets the chance to have an honest talk with his loved ones. Based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the picture is directed by filmmaker/producer Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Green Arrow, The Flash).
“What excited me about this project is this story has not been told before in this setting, in high school, in a sort of coming of age film,” said Robinson. “I feel it was past due and I wanted to be part of the team that helped tell it.”
Click on the media bar to hear Robinson elaborate on why humor is an important element of Love, Simon:
Director Rob Reiner crafted one of cinema’s most affecting coming-of-age stories with Stand By Me, a movie based on Stephen King’s story The Body, and once again he traverses youthful terrain with Being Charlie. The movie comes from a personal place, as it was co-written by his son Nick Reiner and inspired by Nick’s own battles with drug addiction (Reiner met co-writer Matt Elisofon in rehab).
The picture centers on 18-year-old Charlie Mills (Nick Robinson), a drug addict who was born into a life of privilege (his parents, played by Cary Elwesand Susan Misner, own homes in Bel Air and Malibu). But money doesn’t buy you love and happiness, and Charlie’s relationship with his dad, a popular actor running for Governor, is seemingly irreparable.
Though he attempts to return home for a little rest and relaxation, Charlie is effectively shut out by his folks and agrees to enter rehab once again. His latest stint gains him a close friend and possible girlfriend in Eva (Morgan Saylor), and their relationship helps both of them through the program. Devon Bostick (The 100) is Charlie’s womanizing best friend Adam who, although he means well for Charlie, also has substance abuse issues.
Being Charlie, running at a brisk 97 minutes, may be filled with good intentions, but the story ends up being way too predictable for its own good. We all know how things are going to end or who Charlie could potentially lose in the process, but thankfully the picture is powered by a charismatic and winning performance by Nick Robinson. Recently seen in The 5th Wave and last year’sJurassic World, Robinson showcases his dramatic chops and flair for humor (Charlie is an aspiring comic). Showing up and knowing your lines is part of an actor’s work ethic, but there are certain talents which can’t be taught, and Robinson simply has the ability to pull viewers into Charlie’s journey.
The film opens in theaters Friday, and although I was a bit disappointed that the film didn’t catch me by surprise on a storytelling level, Robinson’s performance is worth a look.
To hear my discussion of Being Charlie, check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.
Airing tonight on ABC Family, MELISSA & JOEY is the popular sitcom centered on a single woman politician charged with the care of her niece and nephew and the ‘manny’ she hires to manage the kids and household. Created by DAVID KENDALL and BOB YOUNG, the show stars MELISSA JOAN HART, JOEY LAWRENCE, TAYLOR SPREITLER and NICK ROBINSON.
A former child actor who fans have literally watched grow up on their TV screens, JOEY LAWRENCE has transformed from a wise-cracking mop-topped kid to a buffed, cut, hunky male sex symbol who, earlier this year, stepped in as a celebrity guest star to join the Las Vegas troupe of the internationally famous Chippendale dancers. During our recent interview at the Television Critics Association, he talked about what he jokingly referred to as his ‘Magic Mike’ period.
A new episode of MELISSA & JOEY airs tonight on ABC Family
ABC Family kicks off its summer season tonight with back-to-back episodes of MELISSA & JOEY, the popular sitcom centered on a single woman politician charged with the care of her niece and nephew and the ‘manny’ she hires to manage the kids and household. Created by DAVID KENDALL and BOB YOUNG, the show stars MELISSA JOAN HART, JOEY LAWRENCE, TAYLOR SPREITLER and NICK ROBINSON.
Former child stars, HART and LAWRENCE have been friends for years and it clearly shows in their undeniable chemistry and ability to trade jibes effortlessly. We spoke with them last season and HART confided how much she loves working on the series.
Season two of MELISSA & JOEY debuts tonight on ABC