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A runaway audience smash at the Sundance Film Festival, Son of Rambow is a hilariously fresh and visually inventive take on friendship, family, film heroes and the death-defying adventures of growing up in the video age. It all begins in 1980s Britain, when young Will Proudfoot, raised in isolation among The Brethren, a group which strictly forbids music and TV, 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, oui, the super-cool French exchange student, Didier Revol, their remarkable new friendship and precious film are pushed, quite literally, to the breaking point...
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 115
- Fresh: 85
- Rotten: 30
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: We cringe and laugh at -- and are ultimately moved by -- their clumsiness and innocence. And it endears us to the Rambo films in ways we never could have anticipated.
Fresh: After the movie, I imagined its writer-director, Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) being more than a little like Will, and the movie uncannily similar to one of Will's comic epics.
Fresh: Son of Rambow is an inventive and amusing coming-of-age movie that deftly entwines elements of farce and fantasy, rebelliousness and sentiment, while paying seriously funny tribute to the transcendent power of art.
Rotten: It's a fun idea, but quite awkwardly staged and, in the end, not particularly engaging.
loved this movie
i loved this movie so dang much i saw it with my dad at the seattle film festival i saw the director and the blonde kid i got his autograph ill never forget this move buy it, rent it just find a way to wach it. oh and sry if this was not helpful
this movie looks really funny. i saw the trailer on youtube back in march and ive been waiting for it to come out on dvd ever since.
Great Indie flick
Loved the movie. Thought it was well done. Will buy it with my next paycheck. British humor rocks!
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2008
- Copyright © 2008 by Paramount Vantage, a Division of PARAMOUNT PICTURES. All Rights Reserved.
- Son of Rambow (Music from the Motion Picture)
- Various Artists