Son of Rambow

Rated 4.0

In the early 1980s, a young English bully boy named Lee Carter (Will Poulter) drafts one of his classmates, Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner), to help him make a sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s First Blood. Writer-director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) has made an often hilarious movie about growing up in the ’80s, and the way he incorporates Rambo into the whole process is nothing but ingenious. Poulter is quite the find, as is Proudfoot. They remind me of the kid who played The Butcher Boy in the Neil Jordan classic and Freddie Highmore. Their homemade movie is side-splittingly funny, especially when they get an old man at a retirement home to play Rambo. Jennings did a decent job with Hitchhiker’s, but he’s much better in this scaled-down setting. The film also provides a great opportunity to hear early ’80s modern rock classics.