Struck by Lightning [Blu-ray]
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High school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer, Glee) was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could ever offer. He was on a path to greatness, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot.
Demonstrating that life is what happens while you re busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, Bridesmaids), a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney, Juno, The West Wing) who s more interested in the bottle than her son s future, and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, New Girl, My Best Friend s Wedding) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, Mad Men).
- Story Behind the Scene; An Interview with Chris Colfer and Brian Dannelly; Bloopers; Deleted Scenes
Offers up plenty of smart and quirky moments...driven by terrific performances by Alison Janney, Christina Hendricks and Dermot Mulroney. --Screen Daily
If you're not keeping a keen eye on the camerawork, it's easy to get lost in the film's assets - the characters are likable, the jokes are spot on & it's an all-around good time. --Movies.com
Top Customer Reviews
Struck By Lightning isn't supposed to be some kid-movie where you see the backyard boy succeed and go to the college of his dreams no matter what obstacles he faces. We're not supposed to sit there and adore Carson in spite of the fact that he's kind of a jerk (in fact, most people I know adore him because he's kind of a jerk and doesn't give a crap what people think about him).
It's supposed to be a movie about dreams. Some of the major quotes in the film are centred around this idea: 'A life without meaning, without drive, without focus, without goals or dreals isn't a life worth living', and `In what grade do we stop believing in ourselves'? It's not about giving up everything for your dreams, I don't think, or the essence of blackmail to get what you want.
What Carson realises at the end of the film isn't that he's happy because his dreams are coming true or because he's made an effort. He's happy because he's realised all the amazing things he's done in his short life; he may not have gotten into the college of his dreams or gotten everything he wanted, but he did something amazing. He had lived his life up to that point dwelling on himself, his self-pity and waiting every day for his life to begin.Read more ›
The film tells the story of Carson Phillips (Colfer), who in the opening sequence is quite literally struck by lightning. Through a series of flashbacks and a reflective voice over narration, Phillips recounts the days leading up to this event. While he deals with an unstable mother (Janney) and a father (Mulroney) who seems to be moving on, he throws himself into making a better life for himself through education. As the editor of the school paper, he is plagued by an unsupportive staff and an apathetic administration. His college dreams may be off track unless he can come up with a noticeable project to pad his application.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was just ok. I watched it because I like Rebel Wilson and Dermot Mulroney.Published 8 days ago by NHardy
A wonderful, funny, inspiring movie. Recommend to anyone who enjoying writing and wants a little push to put words to paper. Read morePublished 16 days ago by J. Walker
Technically, this is not a great movie. Some of the plot portions are weak and the characters are cartoons. Read morePublished 20 days ago by dDave
I like Chris Colfer, but I wasn't impressed with this movie. It wasn't hilariously funny as it stated in the preview. I found it quite sobering.Published 26 days ago by Teresa Millo
A lot happens in this movie. I thought the main character did a good job acting, and I liked the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jared