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      Son of Rambow

      PG-13 Released May 2, 2008 1 hr. 35 min. Comedy List
      74% 121 Reviews Tomatometer 80% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score In 1980s England, schoolboys Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and Lee Carter (Will Poulter) meet by chance in a hallway. Though the boys are polar opposites, Lee asks Will to help him make a homemade action movie, inspired by Sylvester Stallone's hit, "Rambo: First Blood." Will, who lives in a strict religious environment, is only too happy to oblige his new friend. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Nov 29 Buy Now

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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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      HL S I absolutely love this movie, and I felt compelled to leave a review after seeing so many critics call it uninteresting or disconnected or criticize the characters for lack of depth. Perhaps they can't relate, but for a creatively minded kid who grew up in an environment that, though less severe than, harkens back to Will's, this movie spoke to me and saw me in a way few other movies have. It's like a warm hug of a movie, and I'm always sad more people haven't seen it. The performances are compelling, the story is incredibly sweet, and the characters made me root for them in a way many major Hollywood blockbusters don't manage. Don't underestimate a movie for being "for kids". It hits in a way many others don't. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Son of Rambow is the story of a pair of young boys who see First Blood and are so inspired that they decide to make their own sequel to the film. The entire concept is hilarious, and watching these kids trying to create a good film is adorable. The funniest part of the entire movie is a montage where they show one boy putting his body on the line for the stunts. I also appreciated that they used whatever props they could find in order to make their vision become a reality, like you’d expect from kids their age. It was cool to see these very distinct characters forming a friendship. They both have completely different home lives, and come from wildly different backgrounds, but they find a way to bond despite all of that. There were even some powerful emotional moments in the movie that worked well for me, and had me close to tears. The ending, when we finally get to see the movie that they were able to cobble together with the footage they filmed, was extremely charming. I think where Son of Rambow fell a bit short for me, is that it introduces too many points of conflict. Let’s see, we have...Will’s religious beliefs, Lee’s family issues, the trouble with teachers in the school, the divide over the fact that more kids were enlisted to help, and other minor issues. It simply feels unfocused, and I felt like they didn’t have time to address it all. In fact, at the end there didn’t seem to be proper resolution on at least 2 or 3 of these issues, and I wanted to know more about what happened next. That doesn’t take away from how enjoyable the film is to watch, though. The child actors they hired were extremely good, which is such a challenge to find. Finally, I liked that this was a film set in the 1980s, but it never looked too much like the exaggerated “movie” version of the 80s. There is one character who dresses in cliched clothes of that era, but that’s part of the joke. Son of Rambow is an enjoyable film that I’d watch again any time. I only wish it had a bit more focus in the plot, because then it might be truly great. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/06/20 Full Review Audience Member Son of Ranbow, the movie's got a great plot. It's pretty much about these two lads from the same school, one of them being a Christian who's quite shy and the other being a school bully. These two come together and make a homemade Rambo movie with inspiration from Rambo: First Blood. It's actually pretty good and the emotions which this movie's got work very well and they're built up quite well when they happen throughout this movie. Overall, Son Of Ranbow is a really good movie. The movie's got a great plot, very good acting, brilliant dialogue and there's a lot of heart throughout this movie which is honestly built up very well. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny and heartwarming film about friendship and loss. It's underrated, and shows the beginning of so many young actors' careers. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie may be a little predictable and cheesy, but that doesn't mean that this movie isn't entertaining, funny and heart-felt. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Thoroughly enjoyable. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Deborah Ross The Spectator True enough, it's make-believe, but to believe in make-believe, you do have to be firmly on board in some way. Otherwise, it's just nonsense. Jan 30, 2018 Full Review Hank Sartin Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Charlotte Harrison Charlotte Sometimes Goes to the Movies One of the most delightful things you could ever possibly show your eyeballs. Sep 19, 2022 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk The film goes beyond comic pratfalls to deliver a convincing portrayal of childhood imagination and the shifting power relations of teenage friendships. Dec 17, 2020 Full Review Felicia Feaster Charleston City Paper Desperate for winsome, Jennings in the end just tries too hard, settling for cute when something more meaty is required in this story of two fatherless boys. Jan 28, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 1980s England, schoolboys Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and Lee Carter (Will Poulter) meet by chance in a hallway. Though the boys are polar opposites, Lee asks Will to help him make a homemade action movie, inspired by Sylvester Stallone's hit, "Rambo: First Blood." Will, who lives in a strict religious environment, is only too happy to oblige his new friend.
      Director
      Garth Jennings
      Executive Producer
      Hengameh Panahi, Bristol Baughan, Benjamin Goldhirsh
      Screenwriter
      Garth Jennings
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Hammer and Tongs, Arte France Cinema
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Violence|Reckless Behavior)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 2, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 15, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.8M
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