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 ›
It was a very good first effort. While the script had predictable moments, they were necessary. One of the surprising aspects was how even the popular kids has gave up their dreams just to keep their place in line. The script had a number of real twists to the plot adding depth to the story. The principle supporting actors (Allison Janney, Christina Hicks and Rebel Wilson) helped to make this a better than average first attempt by Chris Colfer.
In the end, I was glad to have spent the time watching this film..
Carson is raised by his pill and son dependent single mom, Sheryl Phillips extremely well played by Allison Janney. Dad, Neal, (Dermot Mulroney) walked out on the family only to resurface later in Carson's high school years. New pharmacist assistant, April (Firefly's Saffron - Christina Hendricks), is Neal's fiancé.
Carson learns from the school counselor in order to be accepted to the university of his choice he has to publish a literary magazine of his and other student's work. Using any means necessary, and in this case a lot of blackmail, Carson gets his material. To write about the rest of the story would be to give it away.
I noticed some reviews said "Boring, quit in xx minutes". Hang in there. This is a pretty good movie and it IS kind of funny. Originally I was watching it only for the background noise while doing work. Eventually, and it didn't even take that long, I turned my full attention to it. Even a 30+ minute phone call had me coming back to it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a great movie! A little depressing at times but very funny if you like sarcastic humor.Published 18 days ago by LydiaO
I really enjoyed this surprisingly clever and interesting film. Makes you think about how you can add meaning and purpose to your life while helping other's discover their own... Read morePublished 2 months ago by gg garrett
This was a decent movie but the trailer made it look funny and witty and cute, FALSE. Its so sad. I watched it to cheer me up during finals and I ended up bawling, I would not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kyra Eierman
One of the funniest films we have seen in a long time! The writing on this film was non-stop funny and had a great arc to the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James M. Patton
Quirky film. Enjoyable and a reminder of how difficult high school can be...and how kids can cope.Published 2 months ago by LGamble
TERRIBLE. Looks like it would be a feel-good comedy...wrong. It's got some heavy stuff in it that the previews don't advertise and it's not funny.Published 3 months ago by Kem18