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I can’t get a song out of my head from this movie: the 1985 UK hit Desire As from Prefab Sprout.
It plays when the two main characters, a sensitive kid who’s bullied by his school for not liking rugby, and the school’s rugby star; talk over the “Berlin Wall” that separates their dorm room.
The song echoes “It’s perfect as it stands, so why then crush it in your perfect hands?”. These two seemingly incompatible personalities form a friendship that comes under threat from their school’s traditional authority, especially as one of them is revealed to be gay.
It might seem like a tough premise, but Handsome Devil is actually a comedy. It’s a sweet and easy coming-of-age comedy.
All the clichés but still a great coming of age film that entertains to the end.
“Sweet and easy” about sums it up. Nice little twist mid tale, although the rugby scenes leave a lot to be desired. Not sure I’ve ever seen a rugby team leave a field looking as spotless as that, let alone in muddy Ireland!