Maggie Ferreira
Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Son of Rambow

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/02/08
performer
Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Ed Westwick
director
Garth Jennings
distributor
Paramount Vantage
author
Garth Jennings
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Short story: A couple of ’80s schoolboys create a home-video sequel to the first Rambo movie. Long story: Busy British comedy Son of Rambow waxes nostalgic about boyhood friendships, school days, amateur video-making, and the glorious grunts of Sylvester Stallone. (The movie also takes a swipe at conservative Christian sectarianism.) The team who made The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy display plenty of whirligig energy, if not much control or lightness of touch. The nonpros who play the religious angel and devilish bully best friends/junior filmmakers perform like…nice nonpros. C+

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