The Frye family must flee their homestead when the eldest son, Ethan (Joey Lawrence), is wrongly accused of theft by the evil Byron Holcomb (Don S. Davis). Holcomb sends his sons (Gosselaar and Michael Cram) in pursuit of the Fryes to exact revenge.
On the way, the Fryes become separated and the boys find mild adventure while encountering a brown bear, river rapids, Seneca Indians and a Delaware Indian beauty (Carmen Moore) before they are reunited with their parents (Jonathan Frakes and Sandra Nelson).
The shallowness of the script is reflected in star Joey Lawrence’s blank stares off-camera and the lack of context for the Holcomb clan’s utter hatred of the mild-mannered Fryes. The vidpic had Native American and historical consultants, although authenticity is not what “Brothers” strives for; what it strives for is showcasing the cutesy talents of the Lawrence kids, bringing a ‘ 90s sitcom mentality to the colonial frontier. ]
Excellent use of British Columbia locations is undermined by some startlingly cheesy process and water-tank sequences. Gene Hobson’s ambitious musical score strikes Aaron Copland-like highs, suggesting a nobility that’s absent onscreen.