This Feels like the First Romcom That Happens to Be about Two Boys; Everyone Deserves a Good Love Story. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out Why Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel Signed Up for Coming-of-Age Movie Love, Simon

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This Feels like the First Romcom That Happens to Be about Two Boys; Everyone Deserves a Good Love Story. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out Why Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel Signed Up for Coming-of-Age Movie Love, Simon


Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

HE movie is about family and love. But it is also about secrets," says Jennifer Garner.

'T The award-winning Hollywood star plays the mother of a 16-year-old teenager who has yet to tell his family or friends that he's gay ... and he also doesn't actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online.

Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing in new movie Love, Simon.

Jennifer and Transformers actor Josh Duhamel play Simon's parents, Emily and Jack, in the movie adapted from Becky Albertalli's award-winning young adult novel, Simon vs The Homo Sapien's Agenda.

It starts when Simon begins a secret email flirtation with another closeted classmate, but then one of his emails falls into the wrong hands and he finds his secret about his sexuality is in danger of becoming public knowledge ... as could the privacy of the boy he has been emailing.

Simon has to find a way to step outside his comfort zone before he's pushed out - without alienating his friends, compromising himself or losing a shot at happiness with a guy whose real name he doesn't even know.

Jennifer says: "It's about letting them out, being who you are and having the courage to really stand up for yourself and say what you need to say. And the movie deals with these themes and the theme of being yourself but in a fun and refreshing way.

"The movie feels like a romantic comedy, like the first romantic comedy that happens to be about two boys."

The 45-year-old, who has three children with Batman actor Ben Affleck, says the film tackles many issues.

"This movie is about a number of things, including family. The family you are born into and the family that you create for yourself with friends. Especially that precious group when you are in those teenage years and they mean everything to you.

"You think you know everything about them and they think they know everything about you."

When Simon's secret is finally revealed it surprises his family, who are loving and accepting.

"Jack and Emily have a good marriage, good family and Simon kind of makes them see things aren't exactly what they thought they were," says 45-year-old Josh.

"Emily is a psychologist and wants to analyse everything. Jack is a contractor who tends to make a joke out of everything.

"We have a great dynamic. Two perfect kids. They have a lot of love for each other, so they are ultimately able to walk this new path together. …

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