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  • Summary: 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. The story takes place in 1980s Britain, where young Will Proudfoot is raised in isolation among The Brethren, a puritanical religious sect in which music and TV are strictly forbidden. When Will encounters his first movie, a pirated copy of Rambo: First Blood, his imagination is blown 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 nonstop thrills while hiding out from The Brethren. When school popularity finally descends on Will and Lee in the form of, oui, the supercool French exchange student, Didier Revol, their remarkable new friendship and precious film are pushed, quite literally, to the breaking point. (Paramount Classics/Vantage) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Perhaps the most ingeniously imaginative element in Son of Rambow, a film exploding with imagination (some of it scrawled directly over the film in animated expressions of Will's private world), is its very conceit.
  2. 83
    Watching skinny-armed little Will pretend to be the spawn of Sly Stallone in a series of botched feats of derring-do is a treat, as is much of this film.
  3. 75
    A gentle story that involves a great deal of violence, but mostly the violence is muted and dreamy, like a confrontation with a fearsome scarecrow that looks horrifying but is obviously not real --- or real enough, but not alive.
  4. A crowd-pleasing combination of buoyant spirit and occasionally dark humor.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    70
    At its most likable, Son of Rambow evokes the rush of discovery that turns budding cinephiles into lifers--that delight in finding a film that seems to express or coalesce some inchoate yearning, including a yen to share.
  6. An endearing, well-acted trifle with lovely intentions.
  7. If it happens to hit you right - that is, if you happen to catch its wavelength of tear-and-a-smile whimsicality - the movie will speak to you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. DanH.
    May 28, 2008
    10
    Very funny. I was very surprised. It's one of the year's best.
  2. GregG.
    Apr 29, 2008
    10
    I saw this movie at Sundance 07 and have told everyone I know about it for a long time. They are finally going to get to see it. This movie is a Stand Up and Cheer movie. I cannot wait to see it again! Expand
  3. Sam
    May 1, 2008
    9
    Thank you Tom and 66goat. You're proof that people that dislike Cloverfield can have a brain. Because, besides yours, some of the complaints I've seen from some of the haters are absolutely horrendous. 1. 'There was no real storyline.' There wasn't supposed to be. It's people running through New York City, running from a monster. You're supposed to feel like you're in the attack, not following a plot. If anything, there was too much plot. 2. 'The Monster shot fireballs!' Whoever posted that is an idiot. It didn't shoot fireballs, it was throwing around exploding debris. 3. 'ZOMG, TOO MUCH SHAKING'. Being chased by a monster. In New York City. With little creatures falling off it. Personally, I'd be running like Hell, and if I'm holding a camera while running like Hell, I'd imagine it'd be shaking quite a bit. 4. The end sucked...it kept you hanging. Yeah. It was supposed to. It kept possibilities open for a sequel and speculation. 5. The Spider things just appeared out of nowhere! ....they fell off the monster. Their origin is unclear because the MOVIE IS THROUGH THE PERSPECTIVE OF 20 SOMETHINGS AT A PARTY. SORRY THAT THEY DON'T KNOW THE ORIGINS OF A 30 STORY MONSTER THAT ATTACKS WITH LITTLE WARNING. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    May 24, 2008
    7
    The Brethren is a Christian group(sometimes known as Brothers and Sisters), or cult, whose ascetic members have been known to eat out of dumpsters, and own not a single worldly possession to their names. Will(Bill Milner) and his mother are full-fledged cultists, but they live in a house with all the trimmings of domesticity. That's because the Proudfoots are Christians masquerading as faux-Christians. That's why "Son of Rambow" gets away with positioning John Rambo as being a better influence on Will, than God. "Son of Rambow" is quiet, unassuming, but pay attention, and a revenge pic against the church will emerge out of the sentimental ether. Will defaces the Bible, and a bathroom wall, with his cinematic-inspired graffiti. "Son of Rambow", cheekily, equates the holy book with holy s***. Here is a film that's tired of the church blaming Hollywood for everything under the sun. The violence in "First Blood" doesn't turn Will into a killer. Since all religions are patriarchial-based, when the mother finally takes a stand against the "cult" leader, "Son of Rambow" reveals a second streak, a feminist streak, which is all part of the film's concentrated, but covert agenda to subvert the feel-good picture with a pointed attack on theology and its practicing religious institutions, by using a doleful, quiet boy as its agent, to create some post-punk anarchy in the U.K. Expand
  5. TomM.
    Nov 13, 2008
    7
    An unusual flick, to say the least. Initially, it took some doing to make head or tail out of what was going on, but eventually the thing charmed me right out of my seat, and despite the difficulties I had deciphering some very thick British accents. Expand
  6. JayH.
    Aug 22, 2008
    7
    Sweet film that is wonderfully acted and has a very powerful and moving story. Garth Jennings direction is very loving and perceptive. Great job, memorable film. Expand
  7. aa
    Nov 17, 2008
    0
    Quite possibly THE WORST movie I have ever seen. How child could sit though the agonizingly boring plot I don't know.

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