Film: Devil is in the detail of 1980s romp

The story might lack a certain novelty, but Handsome Devil more than makes up for its breeziness with soulful performances

23rd April, 2017
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Fionn O’Shea and Nick Galitzine in Handsome Devil

Irish writer and director John Butler takes a big step forward with his second feature film Handsome Devil, a hugely likeable coming-of-age story where lively dialogue and soulful performances combine to winning effect.

Tighter and sharper than his knockabout debut The Stag, Butler’s semi-autobiographical bildungsroman feels like one of John Hughes’s 1980s high school films; nimbly applying its thumb to adolescent pressure points while proclaiming the deeper truth of remaining true to your friends, and...

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