Handsome Devil

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Handsome Devil offers a charming, well-acted variation on the coming-of-age story with a few fresh topical twists.



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Ned, the bullied outsider, and Conor, a new boy and star athlete, are forced to room together at their cloistered boarding school. Conor is drafted into the senior rugby team, whose actions dominate school life and whose privilege and entitlement have made Ned's life to date at the school a misery. The boys take an instant and visceral dislike to each other, and Ned and Conor seem destined to remain enemies until an English teacher, Mr. Sherry (Andrew Scott), begins to drill into them the value of finding one's own voice. This lesson isn't appreciated by everyone though, not least the rugby coach, Pascal (Moe Dunford), who has his own agenda, and who harbors some deep suspicions about Sherry.

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Andrew Scott
as Dan Sherry
Ardal O'Hanlon
as Dan ROche
Michael McElhatton
as Walter Curly
Mark Lavery
as Wallace
Jay Duffy
as Victor
Amy Huberman
as Natalie Roche
Dick O'Leary
as Mr. Fottrell
Hugh O'Conor
as Sex Instructor
Ian Downey
as Porn Bomb Thrower
Daniel Codd
as Kennedy - Bin Boy
Mark Doherty
as Mr. Cunningham
Norma Sheahan
as Lindy Masters
Cian McCann
as Keith Shaffrey
Andrew Kingston
as Tom Quinlan
Joe Traynor
as Tony Dunne
Stephen Hogan
as Conor's Dad
Danny Kehoe
as Bouncer
Eileen Higgins
as Headmistress
Isibeal O'Connell
as Gymnast - The Style Icon
Madeleine O'Connell
as Gymnast - The Style Icon
Kerri Weir
as Gymnast - The Style Icon
Laoise O'Connell
as Gymnast - The Style Icon
Eoin Griffin
as Cheerleader
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Critic Reviews for Handsome Devil

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (6)

"Handsome Devil" studies formulaic coming-of-age movies a little too closely.

Jun 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The sweetness, poignancy and breezy humor of this Emerald Isle bildungsroman also make it pretty darn impossible to resist.

Jun 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Although the film can feel a bit been-there-seen-that, this earnest, well-drawn tale ultimately proves distinct and winning enough to warrant a look.

Jun 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The flick teeters between feel-good message movie and a burlesque of gay panic ...

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a decent movie, though sometimes becomes a bit sugary, and it's not clear if the comedy is supposed to be rooted in realistic observation or sentimental feelgoodery.

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Heavy-handed at times, but this is a sweet story honestly told.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Handsome Devil

"Handsome Devil" is a sweet and charming bildungsroman for the LGBT set, with more than competent production. You may smile, if you allow yourself to do so.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Whilst you can easily write this off an Irish version of Dead's Poet Society, it is so much more than that. With character depth and a topic that provides a few twists, this is one of the better coming of age dramas in a while.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer


Handsome Devil is a mixed bag in all aspects. The acting ranges from stellar to mediocre, the gags are hit & miss, and the moments are either stellar or impactless.

Sean Thomas
Sean Thomas

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