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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fionn O'Shea ... Ned Roche
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Donal Roche
Amy Huberman ... Natalie Roche
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
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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Castleknock College, Ireland

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€1,055,000 (estimated)
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Former Leinster Rugby, Ireland and British & Irish Lions player Brian O'Driscoll helped to coordinate the scenes for the rugby match at the end of the film. His wife, Amy Huberman, played Ned's step-mother. See more »

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When Conor and Mr Sherry travel by train back to the school, it goes from night to morning and back to night when they arrive at the school despite it only being a short journey. See more »

Quotes

Ned Roche: [voice over] Did you know lizards can regrow their tails? That's how it was in our school with English teachers. One dies, another grows in his place. No big deal.
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New Twists to Boarding School Tale
2 April 2017 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

When you spend your life trying to be someone you are not, who is going to be you?! Ned, a fiercely independent teen at a rugby obsessed boarding school, struggles with the answer to this question. Isolated and bullied just because he is different, Ned figures that keeping his head down is the best option to endure the school year. Yet how quickly things can change. A dynamic teacher and omnipotent rugby star, each grappling with their own demons, transfer to the school. Meeting them is the worst and the best thing to happen to Ned. He discovers that what is more important than being cool, is what is beautiful. Yet beauty has its price.

In Handsome Devil, new twists are added to the familiar tale of a teen attempting to stand up in the face of bullying, and reconcile athletics with learning. The added perspectives include a faculty member and a star athlete who face harassment and threats as harsh as those faced by the main character. While the film is predictable in places and the scenes and acting not as exquisite as they might be, I enjoyed the rich dialogue and the new angles on the characters. I really liked the director's previous film, the Stag, for its humor and unique approach to a familiar theme (in this case, a wedding and bachelor's party). Seen at the Miami International Film Festival.


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