Son of Rambow

Son of Rambow

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Set in the 80s during a long English summer, Son of Rambow tells the story of Will, the eldest son of a Brethren family. Their strict religion doesn’t allow for music, television or videos. Poor Will isn’t even allowed to mix with non-Brethrens. More

Then one day Will finds himself caught up with local kid Lee Carter, who exposes him to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood. The two boys set about remaking the film with their own video camera, and soon become the best of friends. Until, that is, a new French exchange student arrives at their school and mixes things up a little. Created by the director of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Garth Jennings.

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2008Rating: PG, contains violence96 minsUKFrench / English
ComedyKids & Family

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Son of Rambow | Reviews

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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Being a kid can really suck. Parents are annoying. Teachers are stupid. Ordinary life is dull as hell. Thank goodness for our imaginations then - the one place where we rule above all others. It's the place Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) can go to see his dead father again and find an action-packed life beyond the strict religious rules of his family. In Son Of Rambow, we get to go along for the ride.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

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.

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Variety

Variety

A sweetly raucous adventure. Widely quoted comparisons to "Billy Elliot" and Tim Burton overstate the case for what is really a modestly eccentric entertainment.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Charming coming-of-age story the whole family and old Sly Stallone fans will enjoy.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The super-hip style is groovy but doesn't mask the fact that Son of Rambow doesn't really go anywhere special or say anything much. For a film about falling in love with the movies, its insights on them are next to nil.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A potentially disposable, tongue-in-cheek First Blood pisstake turns out to be a deeply effective, surprisingly touching tale of family and childhood friendship. If you only see one Rambo movie this year, make sure it’s this one.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

The title may suggest a sequel too far for the Sylvester Stallone franchise, but Son of Rambow is actually a funny and touching look at 1980s childhood.

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BBC

BBC

A joyous spirit of mischief is ever-present and Jennings has an eye for brilliant visual gags too, like the spectacle of a small boy being catapulted in a homemade stunt. It's an impressive balancing act for the director who invokes the shock impact of First Blood whilst preserving Will's innocence.

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Son of Rambow | Release Details

Son of Rambow is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and TVNZ+ and AroVision.