Maggie Ferreira
EW Staff
May 01, 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+

As a boy, director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) had a life-changing encounter with Sylvester Stallone’s First Blood. ”We watched it, my friend and I, and it blew our minds,” he recalls. ”I ended up making little video versions of Rambo with my friends.” Decades later, Jennings stumbled across his childhood films — and the idea for Son of Rambow was born. The indie film follows two British boys (first-timers Bill Milner and Will Poulter) who team up to shoot an ode to their favorite action hero. The sweetest part? Jennings heard from his: ”I got Sly’s blessing!” he gushes. ”It’s rather fantastic.” (May 2)

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