Thursday, May 22, 2008



Bill Milner: 11-year-old Will Proudfoot
Lee Carter: Will Poulter, troublemaker
Jessica Stevenson: Proudfoot's widowed mother Mary, staunch member of The Brethren
Neil Dudgeon: Brother Joshua
Jules Sitruk: Didier, a French exchange student

This is a little movie that tries hard to be funny. Sometimes it succeeds (even though most of slapstick is telegraphed and unimaginative) but at times it is downright annoying.

Case in point: the character Didier comes across as a crass know-it-all and is completely unbelievable. His antics are totally out of character with the rest of the film and a real source of irritation.

Another thing: making fun of Will’s elderly grandmother is going for the cheap laugh at someone’s expense. I don’t appreciate this type of humour at all.

for some violence (lots and lots of it) and reckless behavior.

The boys have misspelled their hero’s name: it should be Rambo without the w at the end. And you have to wonder why both boys have the same first name; the screenwriter could have been a little more imaginative.

The Plymouth Brethren (more commonly known as The Brethren) is a strict ultra-religious group whose history can be traced back to Dublin in the late 1820s. This non-denominational Evangelical movement is named after the English seaside town of Plymouth, where a sizeable number of Christians gathered during the early years of the movement. This fundamentalist religious sect has strict rules about worldly activities: no TV, no movies (not even educational videos shown at school). It also forbids dancing and music (apart from the singing of hymns). The women cover their heads and dress modestly.

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