Son of Rambow
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jennings is clearly having a wonderful time recreating the fantasies of his youth, but sometimes his perspective get a little too inbred, and the picture suffers for it."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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."
‑ Joe Leydon, Houston Chronicle
"Funnier than anything in this vaguely dark comedy is the thought of [Sly] Stallone sitting through it."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"A feel-good family flick that doesn't pander to the younger members of the equation."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Though the film is primarily designed to appeal to viewers in the early-teen demographic, a maturity and intelligence is at work here that will connect with many adults also."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"These two boys have, along with writer-director Garth Jennings, turned a coming-of-age story into a treatise on both the fragility of artistic vision and the danger of popular opinion."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Crammed tight with every kid-pic cliche you can imagine."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"This is a winner, a film to which you can safely take your kids and enjoy yourself."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The script is not so much written as assembled, anecdote by anecdote. As a result, you never quite settle in."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"With apologies to Mr. Stallone, no one would ever argue First Blood was an essential part of any healthy childhood. But the ability to make-believe certainly is."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a fun idea, but quite awkwardly staged and, in the end, not particularly engaging."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Waffles between heart-on-its-sleeve candor and winking self-awareness."
‑ Brian Duff, FILMINK (Australia)
"It's a mildly startling choice of subject matter, but Jennings takes for granted that even the most innocent cineastes have their sadistic side."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
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