Nick Nelson: Can you promise to tell me if it ever gets that bad again?
Charlie Spring: I just don't wanna annoy you or burden you. I don't want you to think I'm some fragile, broken mess. Like you need to fix me. I would hate that.
Nick Nelson: You're not, and I wouldn't. But I've done so many things that were scary in the past few months because you were there, holding my hand. And I wanna be that for you too. Like, you're my boyfriend. Char, can you just please, please promise me?
Charlie Spring: Okay.
(Nick kisses his forehead and then kisses him on the mouth)
Nick Nelson: I love your hair so much.
Charlie Spring: Nick. I really need to go.
Nick Nelson: I love your eyes.
Charlie Spring: For God's sake.
Nick Nelson: I love...
(Nick's mom arrives home, Charlie has to go home, outside he starts to type a message to Nick: "I love you")
Charlie Spring (to Nick): I think it surprised me how homophobic people were. I thought things were better nowadays. People would just call me disgusting to my face. And it went on for so long that I think I started to believe what they were saying. It made me really hate myself. So much that I... I used to... I used to cut myself sometimes. I don't wanna feel like that anymore.
(David is on the phone with his friend...)
David Nelson: It's so cringe. He's made such a big deal out of telling our dad. Such an attention seeker. Ah, probably his drama-queen boyfriend's influence. Yeah. Mate, well, exactly. That's it.
(Tori kicks David's phone out of his hand...)
Tori Spring: You are a pathetic little man. Talk about my brother like that again, and I'll end you.
Charlie Spring (to Ben): Do you remember the first time you kissed me? You didn't even ask. You didn't pause to wonder whether it was what I wanted, and I went along with it because I had a crush, and I didn't know any better. I didn't realize that you had all the control. When I eventually did realize, I thought... "This must be what I deserve." Someone taking whatever he wants from me whenever he wants. Treating me like I'm nothing the rest of the time. Now, whenever anything good happens in my life, there's a voice in the back of my mind telling me I'm worthless and that I don't deserve it. And now you want me to forgive you so you can feel better about yourself? I'm glad you realize what you did was wrong, but you don't get to ambush me into forgiving you. "Sorry" doesn't make up for everything you did to me. I really hope you become a better person so you don't hurt anyone else. But I don't wanna be there to see that happen. I don't wanna see you ever again.
(Charlie starts kissing Nick's neck...)
Charlie Spring: Is this okay?
Nick Nelson: Uh... Yeah.
Charlie Spring: That didn't sound very sure.
Nick Nelson: Uh... Sorry. Um... I... I do like it. It's just, um... I'm... I'm not sure I'm ready to do anything more than kissing.
Charlie Spring: No, I... I didn't think we'd do... that right now.
Nick Nelson: Oh. I do... I do want to.
Charlie Spring: Yeah. Me too. Eventually.
Nick Nelson: Yeah. Same.
Charlie Spring: And I'd only wanna do it if you did, and... if you didn't ever wanna do it, then I wouldn't either. That sounded really cheesy. Oh, I'm so embarrassing!
Nick Nelson: I think we both are, to be honest.
Charlie Spring: Why are we like this?
Nick Nelson: I have no idea.
Charlie Spring: Kissing's still okay though?
(They resume kissing...)
(The teachers run into Nick and Charlie sneaking around and about to kiss in hotel hall and send them to their room...)
Nathan Ajayi: Couldn't have let them off? Pretty sure I did the exact same thing at that age. Sneaking around like that. With a boy. You never did anything like that?
Youssef Farouk: Well, when you don't figure out you're gay until your late 20s, you tend to miss out on those beautiful gay teenage experiences.
Nathan Ajayi: Hmm.
Youssef Farouk: Probably a bit late for me to have any youthful moments of discovery.
Nathan Ajayi: Don't think there's an age limit on those, to be honest.
Youssef Farouk: You flirting with me?
Nathan Ajayi: Maybe.
Nick Nelson: Charlie. I've noticed you, uh, don't really eat a lot. Um... Generally. Or... I don't know. It kinda feels like it's gotten worse lately? Like, I feel like you eat less than you used to.
Charlie Spring: Yeah. I'm sorry. I'm really sorry.
Nick Nelson: Hey, no. You have nothing to be sorry about. I just... I wanna understand.
Charlie Spring: I know I don't eat like normal people. Some days I'm fine, but other days I feel like I need to... control it. I used to do it a lot last year, when everything at school was really bad. Sometimes it feels like the only thing I can control in my life. That makes zero sense. You can forget I said...
Nick Nelson: It does make sense. Okay, maybe I don't totally get it, but... I still wanna know if you're feeling like that. If you're having a bad day, or... if there's anything that I can do to make things less stressful. Cheering you up. I'm your boyfriend, Charlie. And I... I really care about you.
Nick Nelson: I don't think I really understand any of the art, but... it's nice to look at.
Elle Argent: You don't always need to understand it to enjoy it.
Nick Nelson: This one feels kinda romantic. Guess that's true of real life as well.
Elle Argent: What is?
Nick Nelson: Like... You don't have to understand your feelings completely to know you like something. You don't have to always have figured everything out. You can just feel.
(Tao apologizes for accidently outing Charlie years ago...)
Charlie Spring: Tao, we've been friends since the first day of Year 7. I was so shy and scared of everyone, but I immediately thought how cool and funny and kind you were. You were the only person I met that day that I really wanted to be friends with.
Tao Xu: Are you guilt-tripping me into being nice about myself?
Charlie Spring: Even if things don't work out with you and Elle, even if you make mistakes sometimes, you're a good person who deserves love.
(He writes "Charlie ♥ Tao" on the love padlock he's been holding...)
Tao Xu: Wait, isn't that for you and Nick?
Charlie Spring: No. (Tao hugs Charlie) People might think you gave me this hickey if you keep this up.
Tao Xu: So? Might help to deflect the rumors.
(Nick accidently gives Charlie a hickey...)
Nick Nelson: I'm so sorry. I... I didn't mean to. I don't even know how to do that, to be honest. I...
Charlie Spring: Nick, it's fine. I... I really enjoyed it. A lot.
Tao Xu (walking in): What are you two doing in there? (to Charlie): How did you get that bruise on your neck? Oh my God! (to Nick): You! I cannot believe it! The actual... We will be having words.
Charlie Spring: Maybe we should forget the coming-out plan for a while.
Nick Nelson: Really?
Charlie Spring: Yeah. Let's just stay low-key in Paris, and then it'll be the summer holidays, and we can just be us.
Nick Nelson: That does sound nice.
Charlie Spring: Yeah.
Nick Nelson: You sure you're okay with it?
Charlie Spring: Yeah. Just... Obviously I want you to come out when and how you want to. And if that takes a long time, that's completely okay. But... I guess part of me just wants everyone to know you're my boyfriend.
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|Release Date:||April 22, 2022|
|Based on:||Graphic Novel: Heartstopper series|
The story of two British teens, Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, at an all-boys grammar school. Charlie, a high-strung, openly gay overthinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, one day are made to sit together in class. Their friendship quickly becomes something more for openly gay Charlie, but he initially does not believe he has a chance with Nick. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realized. Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty, and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make something larger. (IMDb)