Cowboys & Angels is an Irish film released on May 14, 2003, at the Cannes Film Market in France. Set in Limerick city, the movie stars Michael Legge as Shane and Allen Leech as Vincent, Shane's gay roommate. The film was directed by David Gleeson, who also directed the gritty Dublin thriller The Front Line.
The story concerns a hapless civil servant (Shane) who gets more than he bargained for when he moves into an apartment with a gay fashion student (Vincent) and finds himself on the catwalk. The film sets out to explore the difficulties faced by young people in keeping their identities in a fast moving culture of drugs and clubs. Shane strikes up a friendship with an elderly civil servant who drives him to do more with his life. In the meantime he becomes enamoured with Vincent's easy going lifestyle. Vincent plans to finish college and move to New York to work on his own fashion line. Vincent takes the uptight Shane under his wing and encourages him to relax more. The two become fast friends but Shane's life begins to spiral out of control when he gets involved with a botched drug run.
Things come to a climax when Shane's elderly friend passes away and the botched drug run catches up with him. Vincent and Shane get arrested for drug possession in a Garda raid. Vincent panics as a drug conviction will end his dream of going to New York. Just as all seems lost the Garda on duty arrives and it's Vincent's married boyfriend. The charges are dismissed and both Vincent and Shane are released.
The death of Shane's friend and the incident with the Gardaí force Shane to decide a change is warranted. Vincent encourages him to enter art school and the film ends with Vincent boarding a plane bound for New York while Shane enters art school.