Handsome Devil

 (326)7.11 h 34 min201713+
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 in this award winning coming of age tale.
John Butler
Fionn O'SheaNicholas GalitzineAndrew Scott
ComedyDramaSportsLGBTQYoung Adult Audience
English [CC]
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Moe Dunford
Rebecca O'FlanaganRobert Walpole
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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RebeccaReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved it
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One of the best coming of age (and the closet) movies I have seen. Being more of a mature age myself, I find it hard sometimes to relate to the anguish, drama and heightened sense of high and lows accompanying being a young adult... However, this movie really touched my heart and senses, and I cheered those guys along, including some of the teachers (well, especially one). Excellent acting, excellent writing, and some beautiful music. Highly recommended! Oh, yes, and a happy ending...
26 people found this helpful
M. JacksonReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsUnrelated Title to a Very Good Story
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This is an excellent movie--well made and well acted--about a boys boarding school and the persecution of a gay kid. The story is handled with a balance of lightness to counter the very serious subject. I was angry through much of the film because of the unfair treatment of the gay characters and how the school's culture allowed for the abominable treatment of their own students. I say angry because such awful prejudice still exists in the world and it is difficult to watch the cruelty. Also, as the school does nothing to treat the real problem, they lay blame on the victim's for not trying harder to fit in. The coach is particularly awful with how he funnels his prejudice and I am sorry to report that he is not properly dealt with, though he does learn a lesson when the gay kids empower themselves and their peers stand by their sides in support. This is an important story that needs to be told and the moral of the story is a good one that yields a positive outcome. There is no romance here, but the gay kids learn to help and support each other in friendship, which is a great message. The title, however, has nothing to do with the story. It should have been called "Our Own True Voice." The idea of speaking in one's true individual voice without conforming to others was the dominant theme and the title of the essay the main character writes as well as a major lesson the English teacher underlines early in the story. The idea is reiterated again in the final voice-over at the end, so I am surprised it was not the title. One has to wonder if some brilliant executive thought calling it "Handsome Devil" would sell more, but the movie is not about a heart-throb.
20 people found this helpful
Norvell J. MaherReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsPrejudice Removal Reasonated!!
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This is a film about the conflict between coming of age/outing and the western culture we live in. The prejudice that it surrounds, is what is wrong with this system. It is a judgment that needs to be addressed, as accurately portrayed in this film! The acceptance of LGBT people no matter the age, is one of the factors of a strong stable society here in the West!! Once mankind can learn to live with himself, then, and only then, can he learn to live with other men!! NJMJr!!!
PS The revolt by the young men on that Rugby team shows that the new generations will not accept the dimension of prejudice in todays culture. There is much hope and promise for the future of all mankind!! NJMJr!!!
6 people found this helpful
Louis CastaingReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsIf not you, then who?
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It's basically a story about friendship and courage and even love, although nobody ever says the word. And to be fair, betrayal and reconciliation. Handsome Devil is a really funny, sweet, heartwarming movie with winning performances, especially from Andrew Scott, Fionn O'Shea, and Nicholas Galitzine (who is also extraordinary in the movie: The Beat Beneath My Feet). So, if you're jaded and religiously avoid feelgood movies that almost make you want to cheer and cry at the same time, this is not your movie. On the other hand, maybe it's time to reveal who you are, if you dare.
22 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful treatment of a tough subject and great acting.
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Where do I begin? there was absolutely nothing about this movie that I did not love! This is a superior movie, script, acting, directing and just overall tone. Fionn O'shea as the picked on and misunderstood Ned is outstanding, Nicholas Galitzine as the rugby star Connor also outstanding as the lead young actors are forced to room together at their boarding school. The boys take an instant dislike to each other, and seem destined to remain enemies until an English teacher, Mr. Sherry comes along and tries to instill in them a sense of self. We are confronted with rumors and stories about all 3 of the main characters...are they true? Ned and Connor and Mr. Cherry are all wrapped up in the nasty rumors that are being led primarily by the horrible rugby coach. The dialog and the chemistry between Ned and Connor is extraordinary, true friends?
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marcusReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsFeel good movie with a message
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Great feel good movie. A realistic portrayal of sexual minority stigma but in real life stories seldom have such happy endings. Realistic portrayal of how school teachers, principals and coaches not only turn a blind eye to bully but actually condone and encourage it. For that, I give it 5 stars despite the unrealistic ending. Not sure how the title relates to the story.
7 people found this helpful
J.S.R.Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the overall best gay films todate.
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If you're reading this you have any interest in a gay films; with that said we all know that it's hard to find a gay film that's as good actors, well written and has good quality viewing and sound - this has it all and it's a feel-good movie . I have a pretty sizable collection of gay films going back over decades and I would say this is one of my top 10 however it does make me long for my youth.
18 people found this helpful
DFReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsLOVED IT!!!!
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One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Granted, I have not seen that many films lately, but this movie was good enough to inspire me to write a review. While none of the actors were high profile or going to win an Oscar award for their performances, they still did a great job. I am surprised by some of the so-so reviews here. I was just glad nobody died or it ended tragically. It was a good story about people coming together, which is what a GLBT film should be about. THANK YOU!
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