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Sundance remnant: “Son of Rambow.”

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Under the appellation Hammer & Tongs, Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith created the best music video of all time — for Blur’s song "Coffee and TV." (Any arguments to the contrary on this subject will bounce off our ears like cell phones off the head off our imaginary assistant.) Jennings and Goldsmith, acting respectively as director and producer, made their film debut with 2005’s flashy and terribly disappointing "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." With "Son of Rambow," they’ve created something closer to the spirit and charm of their video work, a harmless, enjoyable trifle you could quite possibly take your kids to see, which may account for some of the $8 million Paramount reportedly dropped acquiring the film for distribution.

"Son of Rambow" is set in the 80s and, more importantly, during that period in your youth when there’s less of a filter between your interior and exterior worlds, and when a film like "First Blood" could leave such an impression as to necessitate an immediate reenactment of the cooler scenes while providing your own sound effects — "Pow! Pow! Pow! WaaaaaAAAAAAAAaaaah!" By the 80s, you could also, through the miracle of the camcorder, records your efforts, which is what "Son of Rambow"’s pair of misfits ends up doing. Will (Bill Milner) was raised as a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a strict Christian denomination that disavows modern dress and TV watching — a withdrawn outcast, he spends his day in the world of his own drawings. Carter (Will Poulter) is a freckled would-be hoodlum, constantly getting thrown out of class, chain-smoking and stealing anything not nailed down. The two find common ground and eventual best friendship when Carter unintentionally exposes Will to his first motion picture, a bootleg copy of "First Blood." Will is enraptured, and Carter has stumbled on the perfect star for the hilariously ambitious DIY action movie he hopes to submit to a young filmmakers competition.

Thick with whimsical visual gags ("Rushmore" cut a bit of a swath through Sundance 2007), 80s references and well-placed pathos, "Son of Rambow" works because of its leads: Milner is wide-eyed and utterly without guile, while Poulter is not unlike Benny Hill squashed into the body of a ten-year-old. Neither panders for the sake of cuteness; both approach their roles with a certitude that’s a reminder that even in the depths of childhood, you never think of yourself as a child.

"Son of Rambow" will be released by Paramount Vantage, presumably sometime this year.

+ "Son of Rambow" (Sundance)

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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