Son of Rambow

Release Date: May 2, 2008
Limited release

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51/196 Max Braden Will Poulter is great. The movie itself didn't charm me as much as I'd expected.

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Son of Rambow explores that glorious time known as the 1980s, when young people were beginning to comprehend all that could be done creatively as available media diversions expanded. Directed by Garth Jennings (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), the movie uses a number of visual devices to recreate a time when teenagers could film their own stories as the availability of the handheld video camera became more prevalent.

Will is a young man whose parents don't let him watch television or go to movies in the theater. As a form of escape, he expressive himself through his drawings and illustrations. When he befriends the school terror Lee Carter, an entire new world opens itself to Will. Lee creates a series of bizarre home movies, but the real revelation comes to Will when Lee shows him a bootleg copy of First Blood, the first movie in the Rambo series. Despite his family's wishes to the contrary, Will's creativity blossoms as he becomes involved in filmmaking. Of course, we can't have a teen movie without a heavy, and he arrives in the form of French exchange student Didier Revol. His presence at their school pushes Lee and Will's friendship to the edge.

Paramount Vantage is giving Son of Rambow a limited release. BOP notes the presence of the wonderful Jessica Stevenson, an alumnae of the British comedy Spaced. The film sounds uniquely fun, and we'll definitely be giving it a shot. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Son of Rambow
Main Cast Will Poulter, Bill Milner, Jules Sitruk
Supporting Cast Charlie Thrift, Jessica Stevenson, Neil Dudgeon
Director Garth Jennings
Screenwriter Garth Jennings
Distributor Paramount Vantage
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