Struck by Lightning


Struck by Lightning

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High school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer, "Glee") was on a path to greatness, when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot. Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids concocted with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, BRIDESMAIDS) and a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney, JUNO, "The West Wing") 's more interested in the bottle than her son's future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"). (c) Tribeca Films


Rebel Wilson
as Malerie
Polly Bergen
as Grandma
Adam Kolkin
as Young Carson
Angela Kinsey
as Counselor
Scott Bailey
as Officer #1
Donna Ann Ward
as Officer #2
Amy Nabors
as Reporter
Benjamin Byram
as Singer #1
Jonathan Byram
as Singer #2
Frank Noel
as Pastor
Luke Lewis
as Youngest Carson
Jenny Herrick
as First Grade Teacher
Jay Malone
as Algebra Teacher
Mikendra McCoy
as Science Teacher
Melissa Schwolow
as Jessica McCoy
Lauren Lopez
as Celibacy Club Girl
Sheku Kowai
as Pharmacist
Jason Michael Berman
as History Teacher
Ken Marino
as Dr. Wealer
Charlie Finn
as Coach Colin
Ginifer King
as Ms. Hastings
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  • Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view.

    Jan 11, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson.

    Jan 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.

    Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension.

    Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/5
  • There isn't much to say about Struck by Lightning, except that it's one of those interchangeable teen movies that lands in theaters in early January, the morgue for films nobody knows what to do with.

    Jan 10, 2013 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    Top Critic
  • In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul.

    Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Struck by Lightning

  • Jan 13, 2013
    A decent debutant movie for Glee's Chris Colfer. While the movie offers a feel-good theme, the character development and storyline needs more tackling and expansion, like a lot. I do like the idea of the film: smart kid dreaming to leave his isolated small town as soon as possible. In order to do so, he needs to make a literary magazine to be accepted to his dream university. Because of his obnoxious persona, he has no writers. He then blackmailed all of the 'popular' kids in his school, with his and her own dirty secrets, and made them write for the magazine. But before he had the chance to leave for college, he got struck by lightning and died. See, that is all I can come up for a summary for this movie. I like the idea about how the main character tries hard to change his fellow peers' perception about their surrounding petty world; but while embracing that idea, the movie also add additional storyline that is not necessary and lost its track. In fact, Struck by Lightning feels like a memoir unfinished by Chris Colfer. Chris has a bright future ahead of him and will definitely watch his future projects. But, for now, he needs to sharpen his story-telling skill first. 6/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2012
    A filmed filled with failed one-liners and bad acting and horrendous camera work. The film had so much potential with the star-studded cast, but the horrible script just didn't work, not with the stereotypical characters and forced added pop culture references. It's pretty much as if you are watching Glee, the only difference is the changes of actor. Rebel Wilson did shine as an awkward side kick of the protagonist. It had a good idea, if only someone else other than Colfer himself wrote the script, there might be a better product.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2012
    I guess I was expecting the movie to be funny considering it listed as a comedy. Instead what I got was a quite dark and depressing film about a boy desperately wanting to escape his life. I couldn't find any of the characters likable. Especially the MC Carson. He is very cynical of everyone and quite closed off and a bit bratty when he doesn't get his way. I did like Rebel as Malerie. But the rest of the characters where dull and boring. The acting wasn't so great either. A decent movie but nothing worth seeing again.
  • Mar 10, 2012
    I really enjoyed this. I thought it was really funny but also poignant. I liked the message in their about staying true to yourself and how it's important to dream and have aspirations. Sure, Carson could kind of be a jerk sometimes but you could see why he was so sarcastic. I think it was his way of dealing with the crap in his life. His mom was pretty much an alcoholic, his dad left them and didn't seem like he wanted to be a part of his life. Not once, while he was April (hid fiancee who was 6 months pregnant) did he ever mention that he had a son. His grandma has Alzheimer's. She doesn't even seem to remember him most of the time. But even so, I dont think he was always a jerk. I really liked the scene with him and Claire (Sarah hyland) where he asks her why she thinks she'll never make it out of this town and do better for herself. And he talks about how in grade 2 she told everyone she wanted to be a ballerina, and he asks "What happened to that girl?". And as she responds that everyone laughed at her. He tells her "I never laughed". I think its sweet that he wanted her to do something that SHE wanted. The ending had me in tears. It was sad of course that he died and didn't go on to college and do the things he wanted, but he did inspire people while on earth and I thought that was powerful in a way. I also cried for his mom Cheryl (Alison Janney) when she finds out that he dies. The way she keeps calling him and hoping that its just some mistake. She wasn't perfect (far from it), but she did care for him. All in all, I enjoyed this film and recommend it.
    m h Super Reviewer

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