Struck by Lightning (2012)

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A high schooler recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Murray
Donna Ann Ward ...
Officer #2 (as DonnaAnn Ward)
Amy Nabors ...
Benjamin Byram ...
Singer #1
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Singer #2
Frank Noel ...
Luke Lewis ...
Youngest Carson
Jenny Herrick ...
First Grade Teacher
Neal Phillips
Jay Malone ...
Algebra Teacher


A high school boy, desperate to escape the idiocy of the people in his hometown, tries to create a way in which he can move to New York, attend the college of his dreams and do something other than live in the footsteps of his drunken, divorced mother. Along the way he blackmails his fellow students into contributing to his literary magazine and discovers what it's like to feel accomplished. Does he get accepted into the college of his dreams? Is he going to make a difference and follow his life goal? Written by Jo J.

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11 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atingido Por um Raio  »

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$22,930 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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Lauren Lopez initially auditioned for the role of Remy Baker, but was denied the part. See more »


The modifications of the "Literary magazine submissions" box change when Malerie and Carson speak. See more »


[first lines]
Carson Phillips: I always thought death would be different. I expected a great wave of realization to sweep over me - suddenly the meaning of life would be answered along with every other question I ever had - but there was nothing to realize. I was dead.
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random story but great
22 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie will touch those who feel a bit lost in life. The movie began with Chris Colfer's character being killed by lightning, and it may have been the most random and unlikely event to take place realistically and you will feel sceptical about how this will all play out during the movie but by the end of it, re-watching this scene is extremely sad.

Yes, it is a high school movie, bringing in all the clichéd cliques and stereotypes but never in a cheesy manner. All characters play a minor role but ultimately this is Chris Colfer's movie. He plays a great, passionate and driven kid and this only makes his fate more sad. Rebel Wilson does a fun job in playing the odd girl who perhaps is the only person who truly likes Chris' character, Carson.

There is a focus on Carson's relationship with his mother an alcoholic and depressed women, who was left by Carson's father during their marriage. Without saying much it is quite emotional towards the end. It is a great movie, sending a strong message on ambition, future, life and friendship. Watch it, but be warned, it is not a cheesy high school movie, nor will it leave you in a uplifted but emotional state as in the Perks of Being a Wallflower.

"It doesn't matter if you're stuck in the past or if you're trying to forget the past; what matters is what you do with the present"- Struck by Lightning.

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