Tuesday 18th January 2022

Son of Rambow (12A)
Directed by: Garth Jennings
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

It's a tried and tested formula: one kid is from a broken home and is a bit of a trouble-maker, even though he has a heart of gold. The other kid is small and weedy and is too nice for his own good. But put them together and... well, you get the picture.

As you can probably tell, the one on the right is the better actor
As you can probably tell, the one on the right is the better actor

And that's basically the storyline of this film, the difference being that this one is set in the Eighties and the two kids use a video camera to film their own version of Rambo's First Blood. It's a fairly typical British comedy that will probably appeal more to children than to adults.

The two child stars of the film, Bill Milner and Will Poulter, give surprisingly good performances, although to be honest I still find child actors all but unbearable. For the most part though, these two work quite well together.

The soundtrack is, of course, wonderfully Eighties themed, as are the outfits, but other than that not much is made of the setting. As far as the comedy goes, you'd have to label this one as charming rather than hilarious, and really the film is only saved because it is quite unusual – it reminds me of About A Boy. They both feature misunderstood kids in a distinctly British environment, but unfortunately Son of Rambow is not as funny or emotionally involving, and worst of all it's predictable and doesn't seem to have a very worthwhile or original message. This is probably one to catch on television rather than on the big screen.

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Length: 96 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 4th April 2008

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