Celebrities including Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Kristen Bell have bought out entire cinema screenings of gay drama film Love, Simon and giving the tickets away for free.
Love, Simon is the first major studio movie to focus on a gay teen romance, following high school student Simon Spier who is struggling with his sexuality until he meets someone online from his school who’s going through the same thing.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris told his Instagram followers last week that he and husband David Burtka had been deeply affected by the film, and bought out a screening in his hometown.
“I saw the movie Love, Simon last night and was utterly enchanted, moved to tears, and deeply proud of everyone who helped create it,” he said.
“How I wish something this brave, powerful, and confident existed when I was struggling with my identity — but how super awesome that a new generation will get to lead by this example.
“My husband David and I enjoyed Love, Simon so much, we wanted to pay it forward. Others are doing this, and I’m so on board.”
YouTube star Tyler Oakley also took part, writing on Twitter, “Love, Simon is a movie I would have needed when I was growing up, so I want to make sure queer kids in my hometown have a chance to see it.”
Actress Kristen Bell also hosted a screening, telling her Instagram followers she had “absolutely nothing to do with the making of this movie” but has “a huge crush on it and I’d like to share the love.”
The film’s director, Greg Berlanti, also bought out two theatres and gave away tickets to queer youth who he wants to see the movie.
“[My husband] Robbie Rogers and I have been so emotionally affected to the reactions to Love, Simon and to supporters hosting screenings that we have decided to buy out two theatres,” he wrote.
“We have partnered with local LGBTI organisations in Jackson, MS and Louisville, KY. Our hope is that young LGBTI people in these cities that might not have the opportunity to see Love, Simon now will have the chance.”
Love, Simon screened at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival earlier this month and opens in Australian cinemas this Thursday (March 29).
#LoveSimon is a movie i would have needed when i was growing up, so i want to make sure queer kids in my hometown have a chance to see it. go enjoy michigan kiddos, your ticket is on me!! pic.twitter.com/Jbh56cGK79
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) March 15, 2018
Love, Simon is a KNOCKOUT. There are so many important stories that don’t get made. I am so grateful this one did. ❤️I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this movie—I just have a huge crush on it and I’d like to share the love. Minneapolis, please enjoy a screening of Love, Simon this Sunday on me. 🙂 Enjoy!
So my husband David (@dbelicious) and I enjoyed @lovesimonmovie so much, we wanted to pay it forward. Others are doing this, and I’m so on board. So we bought out a screening at a theatre in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM for this Sunday afternoon. It’s free, and a great chance to see this wonderful film. Hope you can make it! Swipe left for details.
(Top left photo by vagueonthehow/Flickr, top right photo by 20th Century Fox)