Struck by Lightning (2013)



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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
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Chris Colfer
as Carson
Sarah Hyland
as Claire
Rebel Wilson
as Malerie
Polly Bergen
as Grandma
Robbie Amell
as Justin
Matt Prokop
as Dwayne
Adam Kolkin
as Young Carson
Angela Kinsey
as Counselor
Carter Jenkins
as Nicholas
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
Kyle Burch
as Riley
Melissa Schwolow
as Jessica McCoy
Lauren Lopez
as Celibacy Club Girl
Sheku Kowai
as Pharmacist
Michael Rivkin
as Attorney
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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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

Colfer is still very young, but he needs to learn that "snide" is not a point of view.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
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Ultimately, it all portends a much brighter future for Colfer than for Carson.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

If only "Struck by Lightning" had a sharper, stronger perspective, it might have made more of its conceit.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Except for Ms. Janney's monstrous mother and an Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother (Polly Bergen), "Struck by Lightning" gives its characters no dimension.

January 10, 2013
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
Rolling Stone
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It's a bit sloppy and unoriginal when put up against other coming of age comedies, but it has its moments

Nick Mullins
Nick Mullins

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.


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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.

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