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Struck by Lightning (2012)

Chris Colfer , Sarah Hyland , Brian Dannelly  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Colfer, Sarah Hyland, Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks
  • Directors: Brian Dannelly
  • Format: AC-3, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B9LNPX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Chris Colfer (Carson Phillips)
-As a high school senior, Carson Phillips was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could offer, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning.
-Struck By Lightning is the film and screenwriting debut for the Golden Globe-winning star of Glee.

Sarah Hyland (Claire Mathews)
-Claire Mathews is the queen bee head cheerleader at Clover High with a stellar reputation, despite the fact that she has secret meetings with the football coach after practice.
-Sarah Hyland stars in ABC’s hit comedy series Modern Family.

Rebel Wilson (Malerie Baggs)
-Malerie Baggs is never far from her video camera as she captures the highs and lows of high school, including the mischievous events in between.
-Rebel Wilson has starred in top comedies including Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, and Bachelorette.

Dermot Mulroney (Neal Phillips)
-Neal, Carson’s absentee father, tries to move on and get a fresh start with a new fiancée and a baby on the way.
-Dermot Mulroney has been in over 65 films and television series with credits that include My Best Friend’s Wedding, The New Girl, and J. Edgar.

Christina Hendricks (April)
-A pregnant April tries to do what’s right when she finds herself in a hairy situation after discovering her fiancé, Carson's father, is still married with a 17-year-old son.
-Christina Hendricks is best known for her portrayal of ‘Joan Harris’ on AMC’s Mad Men.  She was also seen recently in the critically acclaimed thriller Drive.

Allison Janney (Sheryl Phillips)

-Never having realized her dreams, Carson’s defeated mother worries about her son’s ambitious future plans.
-Allison Janney has starred in The Help and the Academy Award-winning drama American Beauty.

Product Description

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).

Special Features

  • Story Behind the Scene; An Interview with Chris Colfer and Brian Dannelly; Bloopers; Deleted Scenes

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Heartfelt December 19, 2012
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A coming-of-age movie for all ages, Struck by Lightning is filled with dry humor and a message for anyone who watches it. Carson Phillips makes for a dynamic, morally ambiguous main character whose story strikes as realistic, emotional, and ultimately uplifting for a boy caught in a small town with little hope of escape. The supporting characters are just as fascinating, from Rebel Wilson's portrayal of Malerie, the high school student who records everything on tape, to Allison Janney's heartbreaking rendition of a struggling single mother trying to cope with depression and anxiety while raising her son. Heartfelt and filled with intertwining storylines that combine to a greater picture that is far larger than the sum of its parts, Struck by Lightning is the perfect film for anyone who has ever felt a little ostracized, a little hopeless, a little too small for their dreams.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. December 18, 2012
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I've been waiting... I don't even know how long anymore to see this movie, and I'm so glad I finally have been able to see it. Chris Colfer did a flawless job, and I highly suggest you watch this movie. Right now. Click rent. You won't regret it, I promise.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Struck By Lightning (non-spoilery review) December 18, 2012
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This movie was written by and stars Chris Colfer, best known as Kurt from "Glee." It is an absorbing study of an overachiever and how - whether or not you want it to - the way we live our life, our choices, our decisions and our drive effect the others around us in both positive and negative ways. The acting in this movie is stellar, filled with both present and future stars (Rebel Wilson for one, filmed a year before she exploded) and the writing keeps you engaged from the first (literally shocking) first minutes until the end of the movie. I highly recommend this movie, for the smiles and for the moments that make you wince and for the way it makes you feel when it is over. Overachievers - they rock.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Chris Colfer from TV's "Glee" is certainly making the most of his fame by expanding his resume as an author and a screenwriter, and I have to admire this tenacity and ambition. As "Glee" winds down, the entire cast should be thinking about future career moves! Colfer has become something of role model in recent years. As an openly homosexual character on a popular television program, he has a platform that reaches millions of kids struggling with identity and/or bullying. With this work, he has twice been nominated for an EMMY and even won a Golden Globe award. "Struck by Lightning" is an adaptation of Colfer's popular teen novel, and its screenplay was penned by Colfer as well. Director Brian Dannelly has assembled an extremely immense and TV friendly cast for this production and it's fun to see just who might pop up next. Some of the notable actors in the ensemble include Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Rebel Wilson, Polly Bergin, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Ashley Rickards (Awkward), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Allie Grant (Suburgatory and Weeds), Graham Rogers (Revolution), Brad William Henke, and Ken Marino.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film! (possible spoilers in review) February 3, 2013
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I've been reading all these reviews on amazon about SBL (bad life choice I know) and so many people are missing the point of the movie. They're trapped in this idea that somehow we're supposed to love Carson and want him to succeed for nothing more than the fact that he's a creation of Chris Colfer and we should want him to get what he wants in life but it's so much more than that - they seem to be missing the major underlying message of the movie itself which, to me, is incredibly disappointing.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY CRAP, this is an OUTSTANDING movie!
I LOVE Chris Colfer! I'm a big Glee fan....even though I'm 43....weird, I know. LOL! And I actually like the show a LOT more now that they are no longer in high school. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Book Lover Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie
I thought this was a good movie. Clearly sad, but also touching and insightful. You can tell it is written by a younger author, but it still has observations about life that are... Read more
Published 5 days ago by jreader
5.0 out of 5 stars So Excited!
I wanted to see this movie so bad when I found out about it. I also purchased the book, so I can read it first. Then I'll watch it with my family. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Anna Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Inspiring! Love Chris and his comedy/sarcasm! I really like these kinds of movies when there's not only entertainment, but also a great lesson. I can't wait to read the book!!!! :)
Published 25 days ago by Samuel Zabala
4.0 out of 5 stars Struck By Lightning
Good move. Movie that everyone should see. I would recommend to anyone that has not seen and to those that have to see again.
Published 26 days ago by Anita Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhh
It was so unexpected and inspiring. I will never get tired of watching it! I love Chris Colfer so much!
Published 2 months ago by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there anything Chris Colfer can't do?
Knowing Chris from Glee has made me at least semi-interested in the other things he's done, so of course I had to check out Struck By Lightning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bombsfadeaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut From Chris Colfer
Great coming-of-age movie from Chris Colfer. Rebel Wilson is hilarious. Alison Janney is excellent as Colfer's mother. Loved every minute of it.
Published 3 months ago by Richard Dreiling
5.0 out of 5 stars Some spoilers if you didn't read the book
I'm a huge Chris Colfer fan, so my opinion is very biased, but both the movie and the book are just fantastic, and while, of course, I wish they would have let certain parts of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jessie Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Chris Colfer!
This is a great movie! An amazing cast! Emotional storyline! Really, really good! Chirs Colfer prooves that he is more than just "Kurt"!
Published 5 months ago by Anika Zinkhan
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