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NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action- packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero's season. -- (C) Official Site … More
|Rating:||PG (for mild language and rude humor)|
|Genre:||Comedy, Kids & Family|
|Directed By:||Eric Champnella, Jeff Farley, Darren Ashton, John Whitesell|
|Written By:||Darren Ashton, Shaun Angus Hall, Eric Champnella, Jeff Farley|
|In Theaters:||Aug 24, 2012 Limited|
|On DVD:||Dec 4, 2012|
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Critic Reviews for Thunderstruck
Sells itself on durable messages about strong work ethic, the importance of community relations and playing to one's individual potential.
Headlining a less-than-mediocre kids' movie taints one's brand rather than enhancing it. Just ask Shaq.
It might be more effective with a hint of subtlety and a premise that isn't so flimsy and formulaic.
The film has a great, if not commonplace, message: Work hard to get ahead. Don't take any shortcuts. Nothing wrong with kids wasting 90 minutes if they come away with that theme.
Audience Reviews for Thunderstruck
NBA superstar Kevin Durant has got game. His biggest fan has none. Things are about to switch!
Good movie! One great message in this film is that talent isn't something you get; talent is something that you earn with hard work and dedication. It was predictable in its format and that last 10 minutes were basically a carbon copy of most other movies of this type, so don't be shocked. It isn't an Oscar contender, but compared to other movies starring athletes, this was a good one.
A fun and energetic family basketball movie starring Kevin Durant AS HIMSELF, a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16 year old fan. When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan magically switches talents with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team...while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner involves working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero's season.
I love a good sports film, and while this might not have quite earned that particular adjective, it was good enough. Jim Belushi is always great, and it was hilarious watching Kevin Durant stumble all over himself and miss 2 foot shots, but the real star of this one was Brandon T. Jackson. Taylor Gray, well, he could use a few...hundred...acting lessons.
Sometimes when people watch movies that are indefensibly bad, yet they like them anyway, they refer to them as "cute." Because I could never say anything bad about my one and only, Kevin Durant, I have to refer to this movie as "cute," because it's basically a pile of garbage that makes 90 minutes feel like an eternity. Luckily, I was willing and able to revel in the plot's simplistic awfulness, Kevin Durant's acting skills (notice how I didn't put skills in quotation marks!), and the Mama Durant cameo. But only to an extent.
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