I would consider this a coming of age.boy story.
Doesn't it immediately bring to mind the movie, Stand by Me (1986)<create>
Rural Arkansas vs rural Oregon and just teen boys discovering something dangerous in the woods.
Matthew McConaughey as MUD in troubled waters, or maybe just MUDdy waters.
Tye Sheridan as Ellis the boy coming of girls, girls, girls. I don't think he'll have any problems with women when he.character gets older.
Jacob Lofland as Neckbone the sidekick.