Rating: 3 stars
An unapologetically sentimental cross between Be Kind, Rewind and Stand By Me, Son of Rambow is about the importance of boyhood friendships and the gloriously unhinged pleasures of homemade movie making.
It’s the early 1980s in England and 10-year-old Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) has led a very sheltered life. His father died of a sudden aneurysm and his mother is a member of a very restrictive religion (Will is not even allowed to watch TV). So Will retreats to the world of the imagination, doodling an elaborate adventure story on any flat surface he can find. One day, he meets the rambunctious Lee Carter (Will Poulter), also a fatherless child, who is as free-spirited as Will is repressed.
It’s at Lee’s house that Will spies a bootleg copy of Rambo: First Blood and falls in love with the macho action hero. It’s touching, of course, that Will doesn’t want to be Rambo, he wants to be Rambo’s son—although the cutesy misspelling is one of the film’s many heavy-handed touches. Together, Will and Lee create an adventure of their own—...