Two boys Irish boarding school boys Ned (Fionn O’Shea) and Conor (Nicholas Galitzine) star alongside English teacher Mr Sherry (Andrew Scott) in this simple but heartwarming coming-out meets coming-of-age-story.
In ‘Handsome Devil’ ginger dweeb Ned feels out of place in his pro-sports boarding school because he’s more interested in music and boys. Ned dreams of being excluded until the arrival of new boy and rising school rugby star Conor.
The new roommate’s differences soon blossom into an unlikely friendship despite the school and in particular the school’s rugby coach (Moe Dunford) and his focus on sporting conformism at all costs.
New English teacher Mr Sherry is also added to the mix, he encourages the boys to be themselves whilst hiding certain aspects of his own life.
If you spend your whole life being someone else, who is going to be you? – Mr Sherry (Andrew Scott)
This is a classic teen coming-of-age movie with the twist that three of the main characters are gay. The school bully and macho stereotypes are all in place as are those of the nerdy creative types, the overall message is cleared up though with the declaration that you can be both gay and good at sport and also good at sport and creative at the same time.
Simply be yourself!
You can watch ‘Handsome Devil’ right now on Netflix in the LGBTQ Genre category.