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
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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