Parents' Guide to

Handsome Devil

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Insightful but mature Irish coming-of-age drama.

Movie NR 2016 95 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

A quirky, modern spin w/a classic narrative arch

I previewed this on my own before showing my 12yo, who can get very fearful about stories involving bullying of gay kids. I loved it! It has the feel of a rom-com without the "rom." At its core, its a story about friendship and finding your own voice. What I particularly appreciated is that the gay characters are themselves whole and interesting and not the stereotypical comic relief so often mined in Hollywood comedies.
age 10+

After watching it with my wife, we decide to suggest it to the children as a Saturday Night Family Movie. During the day we went to the Pride and we thought this was a good ending for a 'respect boosting day'. A bit too much swearing and some fights, so I would recommend watching the movie with the children, but definitely a great movie to watch together to discuss bullying, sexual identity, friendship... And it's aldo light, enjoyable and funny.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

While the themes and storyline may be familiar, the performances, insights, and filmmaking skills are not; what might be routine becomes compelling, inspiring, and very moving. The teen actors are uniformly stellar; O'Shea and Galitzine will make you smile and break your heart. Andrew Scott, as teacher Dan Sherry, gives depth to what might have been a conventional character. Writer John Butler directs with a sure hand and an open heart. It's not a perfect movie: the villains are shallow and the outcome is ultimately predictable, but there are plenty of surprises and enough nuance to make Handsome Devil special. Excellent for teens, and highly recommended for family viewing.

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