Angry co-titular adolescent, check. Dead mother, check. Widowed, alcoholic/negligent co-titular father, check. Rural Southern milieu, check. Custody battle with CPS, check. Sports (in this case, Motocross) as a means of redemption/escape, check. Gun in Act II, check. Trendy, tripod-free presentation, check, check. It’s a network pilot minus profanity! Dad (Aaron Paul) preaches responsibility, but in his troubled son’s mind, that means guiding his younger brother away from girlie mags and in the direction of arson. The head-butting between the incendiary father and his firebrand boy (newcomer Josh Wiggins, remindful of a young DiCaprio) as they struggle to collect their family would have been a lot more effective had the same scenario not been played out dozens of times in the past decade. Juliette Lewis, long relegated to ditzy background bits in raucous comedies, once again favors audiences with warmth and flashes of brittle strength as the boys’ responsible aunt. Kat Chandler wrote and directed. (2014) — Scott Marks
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