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Son of Rambow: a home movie - Will Poulter, Bill Milner, Jessica Stevenson, Garth Jennings

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Make believe. Not war.

A long English summer in the early 80s and two boys are about to form an unlikely friendship. Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) has been brought up in a strictly religious household, forbidden to watch TV or listen to music. But after Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school trouble-maker, blows Will's mind with a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood, Will's easily persuaded to act in Lee's home-made movie sequel. Armed only with a camera - “borrowed” from Lee's brother - and their limitless imagination, the pair plot stunt after stunt, dodging teachers and family all the way, as they do whatever it takes to finish their masterpiece in time to enter it in the national Screen Test competition.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy UK coming-of-age friendship England childhood adventure war Rambo video school religious fundamental

Persons of interest

  • Zofia Brooks .... Tina
  • Neil Dudgeon .... Joshua
  • Tallulah Evans .... Jess
  • Diane Leach .... Janet
  • Bill Milner .... Will Proudfoot
  • Will Poulter .... Lee Carter
  • Jessica Stevenson .... Mary
  • Eric Sykes .... Frank
  • Charlie Thrift .... Duncan
  • Ed Westwick .... Lawrence
  • Anna Wing .... Grandma
  • Garth Jennings .... Screenwriter
  • Garth Jennings .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

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Theatrical report

Ok, you don't have to be a child to be insane but it helps. Kids have the most amazing, unrestrained imagination; they believe in anything of which they can conceive. Wanna do a remake of Rambo? Sure, let's do it! With a zero-budget, guerrilla ferocity it's all-in ghost Ninja murder mayhem as only a kid can do it.

But that's not all that Son of Rambow: a home movie is about. The real story is that of young sons living with bad (and even worse, absent) parents. This dramatic narrative really sucks because there are so many crap adults who can't even manage their own lives let alone the life of someone who is totally dependant on them.

And if you thought that was bad, there are also foreign language exchange students to contend with: a whole bus-load.

Son of Rambow: a home movie is a delightful little film about growing up surrounded by bad fashion sense and worse families. How can you do anything else but laugh? A comedy as only the British can...

The comedy, UK movie Son of Rambow: a home movie is directed by Garth Jennings and stars Will Poulter, Bill Milner, Jessica Stevenson.

Government security censorship classification

PG (Mild violence, themes and coarse language)

Surveillance time

95 minutes (1:35 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 4 September 2008

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