Struck by Lightning

2013

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

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Cast

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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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

  • 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

    NPR
    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…

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