The NSFW American Pie spoof is for adults, but tells the story of four gay high schoolers one played by a young Michael Carbanaro trying to lose their virginity over summer break. Get Real Ben Silverstone and Brad Gorton star as two British schoolboys discovering love in this tough but tender romantic coming-of-age story. But those films are all squarely aimed at adults. Jena Malone stars as a teenager who finds herself pregnant by her gay boyfriend and is then ostracized and demonized at her Christian high school. Some of them explore the minefield of gender identity, with teen characters swapping genders. Bonus points for RuPaul!
Ryder and Slater's characters off two football players and then trick everyone into thinking they were gay lovers — leading to the infamous line "I love my dead gay son!
20 High School Films Every Queer Kid Must See
Teenage romance about self-discovery, growing up and falling for the boy next door. Young queer people in bad situations, for whom it could represent a meaningful piece of affirmation, might well find its stabs at relatability fairly ludicrous. Movies that integrate those stories are ones worth anticipating with relish. The NSFW American Pie spoof is for adults, but tells the story of four gay high schoolers one played by a young Michael Carbanaro trying to lose their virginity over summer break. And it could, too, have used their willingness to push into more complexity. Love, Simon feels like a film responding to an entirely different culture, like one in which gay marriage was never legalized. A British film about a closeted high schooler who starts a secret romance with his all-star athlete classmate.
Bonus points for RuPaul! Will they look up from Netflix to notice that it has premiered? The new movie Love, Simon represents something new: These selected films explore the teen experience, and that jungle known as high school, with humor and compassion. But those films are all squarely aimed at adults. Kids like Simon, inalready have a good shot of fitting in. The culture, even a decade ago, was awash in anti-gay rhetoric and messaging, from shows like The Office to movies like The Year-Old Virgin.