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It can be a bit touch-and-go with child actors, ever since the Jodie Fosters, the Haley Joel Osments and Dakota Fannings of this world set the talent bar that high. So many kids just don’t make it on to the
Son of Rambow is the gloriously warm and gorgeously funny story of two unlikely friends hellbent on making their own version of First Blood. Set in 1980s suburban
The characterisations, soundtrack and production design are spot on, culminating in the reflexively irreverent common room scenes, where we children of the 80s delight in spotting the faithful recreation of our misspent youths…right down to the mixing of Pop Rocks with Coca-Cola. Cue: explosion.
80s flashbacks aside, the strength of this film is its infectious innocence. Writer/Director Garth Jennings really shoots from the boys’ point-of-view, never allowing the haze of nostalgia to fog over the heart of the film as the story of friendship, family and the robust, creative exuberance of youth.
Be sure to track down Son of Rambow for the laughs, the stunts...or for Gossip Girl fans, to swoon over Chuck Bass with a British accent.
Son of Rambow is due for release in Australia on 4 September 2008.