Lance Kerwin, Shane Sinutko, Ronnie Scribner, and even Rob Lowe got their start in teen dramas. But then came the era of the teencoms, light comedies set in a world far removed from everyday life, where the main problem is your classmates discovering that you're a rock star.
White Frog (2012) is a teen angst melodrama in the After School Special tradition.
High schooler Nick Young (BooBoo Stewart, left) has Asperger's Syndrome, which causes difficulty in social interaction.
Gregg Sulkin, below), rally around Nick to help him work through his loss. They become a new family.
Nick and his parents weren't aware that Chaz was gay, or that he was secretly training to become a dancer. To honor his brother's memory, Nick decides to take up dance. He studies with Randy (Gregg Sulkin of Wizards of Waverly Place).
I like the inclusivity of having some nonwhite gay characters, for a change. Especially nonwhite gay characters with muscles.
But I have three problems:
2. Why was it such a big secret that Chaz was gay? What's the big deal?
3. "The perfect family discovers that it wasn't so perfect after all." So being gay bars you from perfection? By definition, it's not as good as straight?
White Frog has screened mostly at film festivals, where teenagers are unlikely to be in the audience, but it's available on Video Direct, and a DVD will be released in July.