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Son of Rambow


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A lovely movie, full of what it means to be a friend. Not really a kids movie thou as much of the meaning in the film is implied, that said there is enough fun and games to keep some of the elder children amused for the duration.

All in all a good film and worth at least one watch through.


Make believe. Not war.

Imagination, fantasy, and the irreplaceable bonds of childhood friendship highlight this comedy that's full of heart.

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of Rambo: First Blood, Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic. Together, these two newfound friends-turned-budding-filmmakers quickly discover that their imaginative - and sometimes mishap-filled - cinematic adventure has begun to take on a life of its own!

Entertaining, uplifting, and brimming with nostalgia, Son of Rambow will make you feel like a kid again.


Though his big-screen version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy came first, this fantastical coming-of-age tale springs from director Garth Jennings's first script. In Son of Rambow, the 1980s have hit the English countryside, but Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner, My Boy Jack), whose father recently passed away, avoids all entertainment media as his strict Brethren religion forbids such frivolity. Through a chance encounter, the artistic 11-year-old collides--literally--with aspiring filmmaker Lee Carter (Will Poulter). The loudmouthed lad, ward of a bossy older brother, introduces the quiet fellow to a bootleg of Rambo: First Blood and asks him to assist with his remake. Will dubs it "Son of Rambow," and takes on the title role. Meanwhile, French exchange student Didier (Jules Sitruk) shakes up the student body with his new wave outfits and hip dance moves. When Didier finds out about their camcorder epic, everything changes for the outcast duo. On the one hand, other kids start to see them as cool. On the other, the Church may ex-communicate Will’s family if he doesn't stop hanging around with rabble-rousers like Carter and Didier. All the while, Jennings brings Will’s drawings and day dreams to vivid life; whatever he sees, we see. Carter incorporates these more personal elements into their home movie, which plays during the touching final sequence. Though it takes a while to warm up to the aggressive Carter, Son of Rambow shows how a shared artistic endeavor can bring out the best in two lonely boys. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features:
  • Commentary by Director Garth Jennings, Producer Nick Goldsmith, and Cast Members Bill Milner and Will Poulter
  • Boys Will Be Boys: The Making of Son of Rambow
  • Garth's Short Film: "Aron"
  • Son of Rambow Website Winner (aka Mission Improbable)
Release date NZ
March 6th, 2009
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Length (Minutes)
  • Drama
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