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Handsome Devil (2016)

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Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fionn O'Shea ... Ned Roche
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Donal Roche
Amy Huberman ... Natalie Roche
Ruairi O'Connor Ruairi O'Connor ... Weasel
Dick O'Leary Dick O'Leary ... Mr. Fottrell
Hugh O'Conor ... Sex Instructor
Patrick McDonnell Patrick McDonnell ... Fr. Flakey
Ian Downey Ian Downey ... Porn Bomb Thrower
Mark Doherty ... Mr Cunningham
Michael McElhatton ... Walter Curly
Andrew Scott ... Dan Sherry
Moe Dunford ... Pascal O'Keeffe
Norma Sheahan ... Lindy Masters
Nicholas Galitzine ... Conor Masters
Daniel Codd Daniel Codd ... Kennedy - Bin Boy


Two underclassmen roommates at an all-boys boarding school eventually and unexpectedly bond, one a social outcast, the other a star rugby player. With a new English teacher challenging students to find their own voices, the boys' friendship is tested by the rugby-obsessed expectations of others after one is found to be gay. Written by statmanjeff

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Follow the crowd, or follow your heart.


Comedy | Drama | Sport


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English | Latin

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Castleknock College, Ireland


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€1,055,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Certain scenes in the film were shot in Castleknock College, an Irish rugby school in itself. See more »


In the credits, "Wood Hill" is spelled as one word ("Woodhill"), but on the scoreboard of the rugby match it's spelled as two. See more »


Dan Sherry: [first day in his new class] Darren Finnegan! Did you make that absurd noise?
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Dan Sherry: Age: sixteen. Birthday: June. Shoe size: eight and a half. Fan of Formula One car racing. Allergic to milk, and therefore all dairy. Father: a management consultant. Mother: stay at home mom. Uh, bed-wetter, I imagine, and a coward for sure. Congratulations, Mr. Finnegan, you are today's winner of the witless tool competition. Be gone!
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Music, sport and then there's gay.
4 January 2018 | by Reno RanganSee all my reviews

I have seen many gay films, but I never felt very satisfied as this one. It removed all the cliches. You don't get a product like that often. I mean, despite being a gay film, there's no romance in it. But everything was told from a different aspect, like whether it is in the eye of sport, music, et cetera. Maybe if one film that families should watch regarding gay theme, that could be this one. Of course the families should be open minded on LGBT for that. Because the film does not promote gayism, but in a normal tone to say, it's about harassment being whatever you are. And at the end gives a fine message.

Welcome to T18. I mean happy new year. This is my first review of the year. It is a good start for me being a cinephile. As I've said, it is a rare gem. An Irish film, but in English language. Remember, it is not even a British or Aussie, so the cast and crew are completely unknown. That means it is like watching some B movie. The initial setup reminded me 'Wild Child'. But that was an American film, from Americans perspective, how they see British boarding school. So if you are regular Hollywood teen film watcher, then you might feel slightly strange watching this. Because the students are obedient against their teacher, unlike American rebellious kids.

-xX] There will come a point in the future when you won't have to lie anymore. [Xx-

The film title might hint strongly that it is a gay romance, but as I said it was not. This is the story of two boys, but most of it was narrated from Ned's perspective. When his parents moved to Southwestern Asia for work, he was left behind at a boarding school. Among bullies, he's very popular for his sexual orientation. But it was never been confirmed, until a new roommate joins him. He's handsome and a rugby player, but they both put together for a talent show, where they have to prepare a song to sing. So the conflict of interest between sport and music surface and fuels further complication in what it is already out of control.

This film was made last year, before that year was when the same-sex marriage legalised in Ireland. But the timeline of the film is unknown. Mostly like it just before the legalisation. Because seeing how the story happened, it all makes sense. Still a mixed response from the people, the gays are hesitating to come out of the closet. So the harassers still targeting such people, that's what this film is about. In addition to that, the story was told from the teenager's perspective, but I loved that small part of aspect from a teacher. That kind of looked like a bonus advantage of the film.

Regarding Rugby, it was part of the storytelling, not the whole story. So whatever happen in the sporting event was a normal result than considered as a cliche. The same goes for the music part of the film too. It did delivered the message cleverly. The best of it was how these two themes were merged to get a wonderful awareness film. Not just one of the best gay film, but one of the best films of the year. Totally worth a watch!


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