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Son of Rambow

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You don't have to be a fan of Sylvester Stallone's 1982 action masterpiece First Blood to appreciate this film. But it couldn't hurt.

Will Proudfoot comes from an ultra-religious household and isn't allowed to watch TV or participate in any modern pastimes. Lee Carter is a schoolyard bully, living alone with his neglectful older brother and constantly in trouble. Seemingly at opposite ends of the social spectrum, the two 1980s youngsters pair up to make a secret Rambo tribute film for a local contest. Between sneaking out and having to make casting decisions that include a New Wave-obsessed French foreign exchange student, the boys end up accidentally having the times of their lives.

This one's cute, no doubt. It isn't necessarily poignant, but it definitely has a Napoleon Dynamite feel with a British spin. There aren't any mainstream Hollywood stars in it, but really, that's a good thing. And the soundtrack, featuring songs by iconic '80s bands The Cure and Nu Shooz, is outstanding.

The film is rated PG-13 because of some of the simulated violence and one brief wicked scary moment featuring a scarecrow that may even catch adults off guard. (My girlfriend was quite startled.) Otherwise, it's actually pretty safe for the family.

I'm still not sure if the title is intended to be funny because the boys are too young to spell their hero's name correctly or if it's to avoid copyright infringement (or both). Either way, it's good fun, and should make for a lighthearted rental.

This video courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.