*Online Premiere* A high school country band must grapple with reality when the singer's older brother falls out a window during practice. “Cheap Studs,” directed by Zach Romeo, is an endearing coming-of-age comedy about two suburban kids in Asheville, North Carolina who just wanna dress up like cowboys and play country music. For awhile, it seems like their only care in the world is perfecting a wink that will introduce an upcoming performance (“they’re not gonna know we mean business if you don’t give them the big wink”). But when their practice session is disrupted with the news of an older brother’s drug-induced accident, they’re forced to turn off their tongue-in-cheek musical swagger and shrink back into their tentative, vulnerable selves. It’s an interesting shift, one that’s handled lightly and generally comically, even though the drug abuse (& corresponding boredom, rootlessness or pain) signals a real problem. The boys' privileged upbringing and cozy ambitions suddenly seem fraught with complications, even if they don't get too hung up on it. The homespun production is lifted by the level of character and narrative detail (this is based on a true story), and by the legitimately great song that begins and ends the film. (10 minutes). [Watch on YouTube here]. Directed by Zach Romeo. Starring Jake Lenderman, Owen Stone, and Annelise Kopp. Cinematography by Eric Perini. Featured song: “The Big Man” by Zach Romeo, Jake Lenderman, Owen Stone.