River's End is the story of a young man, Clay, who feels out of place in his small town. When he causes his family distress by his angry acting out and destructive behavior, his grandfather steps in.
Grandfather Buster is a cowboy and the local sheriff, and, he gives Clay some consequences of his behavior, he can either go to court, or, take a survival trip down the Pecos River, kind of "tough love" style. Clay encounters both natural and man-made dangers on the exciting adventure.
Clay Watkins is played by Sam Huntington (“Fanboys,” “Superman Returns”), and, his grandfather is played by Barry Corbin (“Northern Exposure”). The cast also includes Caroline Goodall (“Schindler’s List”) as widow Sarah Watkins, Clay’s distraught mother; Charles Durning (“The Sting,” “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ”); and Clint Howard (“Cinderella Man,” “My Dog Skip”).
It's a great family movie, but, I think it would be best for older kids, perhaps teens, though my 10 year old was fine with it. It would be kind of intense for sensitive kids, as there is some violence, and, language (though in context).
The movie says a lot about overcoming obstacles, and, many parents could probably relate to teen rebellion.
I just hope I'm not one of them in a few years.