Son of Rambow

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Undeniable heart and charming young leads save the film's nostalgic storyline from suffering at the hands predictability.



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It all begins in 1980s Britain, when young Will Proudfoot, raised in isolation among The Brethren, a puritanical religious sect in which music and TV are strictly forbidden, encounters something beyond his wildest fantasies: a pirated copy of "Rambo: First Blood." His virgin viewing of the iconic thriller blows his mind--and rapidly expanding imagination--wide open. Now, Will sets out to join forces with the seemingly diabolical school bully, Lee Carter, to make their own action epic, devising wildly creative, on-the-fly stunts, not to mention equally elaborate schemes for creating a movie of total commitment and non-stop thrills while hiding out from The Brethren. But when school popularity finally descends on Will and Lee in the form of the super-cool French exchange student, Didier Revol, their remarkable new friendship and precious film are pushed, quite literally, to the breaking point.


Will Poulter
as Lee Carter
Bill Milner
as Will Proudfoot
Jules Sitruk
as Didier Revol
Tallulah Evans
as Jess Proudfoot
Emile Chesnais
as French Teacher
Anna Wing
as Grandma
Paul Ritter
as Geography Teacher
Finola McMahon
as Gail Graham
Rachel Mureatroyd
as Marie Plante
Charlie Thrift
as Duncan Miller
Ed Westwick
as Lawrence
Lee Long
as Lawrence's Henchman
Adam Paul Harvey
as Lawrence's Henchman
Atila Emirali
as Rambo Double
Dave Shaw
as Cobbler
Adam Godley
as Brethren Leader
Asa Butterfield
as Brethren Boy
Adam Buxton
as Science Teacher
Edgar Wright
as Metal Work Teacher
Imogen Aboud
as Young Mary
Sam Spivack
as Policeman
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  • Dec 05, 2012
    Son of Rambow is one of those rare movies that are purely enjoyable due to the fact that it relies on such simple ideas to create its effective, memorable and amusing plot. This is one of those films that just sucks you in right from the get go due to great characters, a fine plot and quirky humor. I wasn't expecting anything great to come out of this film, but I was pleasantly surprised. If you love these types of films, you're sure to enjoy this one, and even if you were skeptical about seeing it, I would recommend it, because it may surprise you at how good it is, just like it did with me. Acting wise, this film has a wonderful cast. Especially in the two leads. Will Poulter and Bill Milner have great on-screen chemistry and it's what make this film so wonderful. Son of Rambow has enough charm and original ideas going for it to make you want to see it again and again. Very enjoyable, fun and memorable, these types of films are what is missing in the comedy genre. I think it's wonderful how once in awhile a film like this surfaces and makes every other comedy that tries to attempt similar things fail. Brilliant, sad and funny, Son of Rambow is great filmmaking, and one of the best comedies that I have seen in quite some time due to its cast, great story and effective directing. If you come across this one, pick it up you'll be glad you did. This is far better than what most people would say about it, and there's plenty great moments to keep you interested from start to finish.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2010
    A decent British film, set in the early 80s, about two children who become best friends and decide to make a home movie based on Rambo to enter in to a film contest. It is worth watching just to see Ed Westwick (who plays Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl) use his actual British voice. It has some quite funny moments, such as the flying dog part and a good soundtrack and there are some other British actors in it who you may (or may not) recognise from other films. Overall, not a great British film but one that is worth watching at least once.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2010
    Having adapted the out of this world comic novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy into a somewhat less out of this world though commercially successful film of the same name, British director Garth Jennings could have set his sights to astronomical heights for his sophomore effort. Instead, he grounded himself firmly in a quirky, earthbound, coming-of-age tale that only falters when it becomes too, well, out of this world. Though it occasionally veers off course, Son of Rambow ultimately proves as captivating as it does offbeat and stands to inherit Little Miss Sunshine’s mantle of being this summer’s winning alternative programming to H’Wood’s popcorn blockbusters. In this PG-13-rated comedy set in 1980s Britain, a young man raised in isolation amid a puritanical religious cult (Poulter) makes his own version of Rambo: First Blood with the school bully (Milner). Remaking First Blood, of course, provides the movie’s funniest bits and newcomers Milner and Poulter perfectly rise to the challenge of emulating Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Rambo character to a cartoonish degree. A ceramic dog fastened to a kite results in a particularly hilarious scene (no, really). Oftentimes, however, the movie forgets that it is indeed a whimsical comedy and becomes a little too serious. One scene finds the youngsters subjected to some H’Wood-inspired peril…albeit without tongue held firmly in cheek, which would have proved both more humorous and rewarding. Still, the film delivers more belly laughs than Stallone’s latest Rambo film unintentionally received this year. And this fact alone deserves ample recognition. Bottom line: Last laugh on First Blood.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2010
    Quirky in a Napoleon Dynamite meets Be Kind, Rewind sort of way, Son of Rambow follows the adventures of two boys and their attempts to make an action film. Well, not just any action film, but a sequel to "First Blood". The film takes place during the early to mid 1980s (and there are many jokes involving 80s fashion and trends) in a little english community. Will is already an odd kid looking in from the outside, his family belongs to the Plymouth Brethren (a religious order that shuns much of the outside world, including television), and he spends much of the day keeping to himself and drawing in his notebook. Things change for him considerably one day when he attracts the attention of Lee Carter, the school bully who also so happens to be making a film for "Screen Test" (an 80s UK tv show that often featured the homemade films of kids). When Lee Carter invites Will home one day (to use him as a stuntman in his movie), Will is exposed to not only tv for the first time, but also Rambo, thanks to Lee Carter's video pirating business. Flush from seeing Rambo kill hundreds of men, Will concocts a film in which he plays the... well, the son of Rambo. For a kid-focused movie, it has a lot of realistic blood mixed in with the cartoon violence, almost as if the violent actions only have consequences when it becomes necessary to further the plot. The bully kid isn't very sympathetic, at least at first. He's actually kind of a miscreant, and it seems totally reasonable that the other kids don't want to have anything to do with him. What the film lacks in the laugh out loud humor department, it more than makes up for with personality. In spite of its flaws, I enjoyed it a great deal.
    Devon B Super Reviewer

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