First 'Son': The recently released to DVD movie Son Of Rambow (PG-13) tells the story of two schoolboys who, inspired by the film Rambo: First Blood, set out to film an action-adventure movie which they hope will win them a young filmmaker competition. Set in the early 80's, complete with accompanying early 80's music, the film follows the friendship that develops between the worst boy in school Lee Carter (played by Will Poulter) and Will (played by Bill Milner) who is a member of a Plymouth Brethren religious sect.
Will hits the ground running almost as soon as they begin filming as he imagines that Rambo is actually his father and dives headfirst into the role of "Rambo's son". As the film progresses, a new character enters the picture; one that threatens to permanently sever the already tenuous relationship between Will and Lee: The arrival of French exchange student Didier Revol (Jules Sitruk). The effiminate Didier proves to be a rival for Lee and eventually Didier and Will take over the film, leaving the just-wanting-to-be-loved Lee out in the cold.
A near fatal accident eventually sets the stage for the slow rebuilding of the relationship between Lee and Will.
The movie is well-acted, fresh, inventive and mostly unpredictable; the unpredictability becoming more and more a rarity in the world of independent films. Directed by Garth Jennings, Son Of Rambow is a charming, heartwarming story of friendship, betrayal and reconnection that is sure to soften even the hardest of hearts.
Rent it today.