THE FRONTIER BOYS
Release Date: March 18, 2012
Starring: Timothy Lofing, Jedidiah
Grooters, Jake Boyce, Taylor
DeRoo, Big Kenny Alphin,
Rebecca St. James, Earthquake
Audience: Teenagers to adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: HeartStone Pictures
Director: John Grooters
Executive Producer: John Grooters, Dick Rolfe,
Producer: John Grooters, Holly McClure,
Joseph T. Vogleheim
Writer: John Grooters, Jeff Barker
Address Comments To:HeartStone Pictures
P. O. Box 1686
Richmond, TX 77406
Phone: (713) 417-6500
Brent’s older brother Mike is a rebellious, disrespectful and bullying delinquent who has become enmeshed with a dangerous gang of drug dealers. Brent and his three closest friends, on the other hand, are easygoing, law-abiding teenagers whose only conflicts in life seem to be their weekly basketball games. Soon enough, Mike pressures his young impressionable brother into attending one of his clandestine gang meetings after explaining to him there’s more to worry about in life than basketball. In other words, he’ll have to think about ways to make money and stay afloat after high school.
Reluctant to be a liaison for the gang leader, Sean, within his high school, Brent literally finds himself along for the ride. While cruising down the street crammed into an old pea green Camaro, one of the rowdier gang members, Frank, decides to send a message to T.J., who earlier had confronted him about stealing CDs from a local shop. Frank opens fire, sending bullets ricocheting into T.J.’s back. Held hostage and helpless in the back seat, Brent is stunned and simultaneously saddled with the burden of his brother’s darkest secret – his involvement with a murderous band of thugs.
With T.J. in critical condition in a coma, the basketball team flounders without their star player, and “the frontier boys” struggle with the unanswered questions surrounding the crime. One of the boys, Jed, takes the case into his own hands using his perspicacity when it comes to automobiles. He enlists the help of Jackson and an uneasy Brent to track down the green Camaro, unwittingly placing himself and the chief witness in unparalleled danger.
All along the journey to bring T.J.’s shooter to justice, the “frontier boys” – called because of their boyhood inclination to profit off their good days fishing – receive mysterious messages from T.J. via his Facebook account. These seemingly supernatural sentences encourage the boys to continue to pray and not become disheartened.
After the gang’s headquarters is burned to the ground, incinerating every shred of incriminating evidence, Brent resolves to confess his part in the shooting to the town sheriff. The sheriff presents Brent with tracking devices in an effort to help the young man ostensibly redeem himself and overcome his overwhelming sense of guilt and responsibility. Meanwhile, T.J.’s father is signing papers, granting permission for his son’s organs to be donated.
Almost two hours long, the movie manages to move along at a brisk pace, giving ample time to each of the characters and their own distinctive struggles. The lead actors, relative unknowns, do a good job of portraying relatable, vulnerable and down-to-earth young men searching for strength while battling feelings of anger, fear and remorse.
More well-known names, such as Rebecca St. James and Big and Rich’s Big Kenny, give warm, genuine performances that offer welcomed support to the ensemble rather than stealing the spotlight. The meaning of the group’s nickname, “frontier boys,” is alluded to just once and needed developing and further explanation. Their basketball playing, however, provides a wonderful metaphor and backdrop for the boys’ emotional and spiritual growth.
THE FRONTIER BOYS vividly addresses the far-reaching issues of death, loyalty and faith with a wonderful biblical perspective that’s neither heavy-handed nor flippant. Verses of Scripture are quoted and held up for emulating. Also, the importance of remaining faithful to the Lord regardless of what the natural eye sees and the heart feels is a continuous theme. There is mild alcohol use and moderate violence, but in every case, it’s the villainous gang members who initiate the violent acts. THE FRONTIER BOYS extols justice. It also explores the inner spiritual struggles each young man must face. Best of all, THE FRONTIER BOYS effectively and tenderly communicates the love of Jesus Christ and the unyielding grace of our Father in Heaven.
THE FRONTIER BOYS vividly addresses the far-reaching issues of death, loyalty and faith with a wonderful biblical perspective that’s neither heavy-handed nor flippant. Verses of Scripture are quoted and held up for emulating. Also, the importance of remaining faithful to the Lord regardless of what the natural eye sees and the heart feels is a continuous theme. There is mild alcohol use and moderate violence. It’s the villainous gang members, however, who initiate the violence. THE FRONTIER BOYS extols justice. It also explores the inner spiritual struggles each young man must face. Best of all, THE FRONTIER BOYS effectively and tenderly communicates the love of Jesus Christ and the unyielding grace of our heavenly Father.