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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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Officer Murray
Donna Ann Ward ...
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Benjamin Byram ...
Singer #1
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Singer #2
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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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A personal raincloud can be deadly...


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atingido Por um Raio  »

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$12,940 (USA) (11 January 2013)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Allison Janneys character makes a political comment while in the pharmacy about liberals and gun laws. A few years prior to filming she played a press secretary for seven seasons on the television show west wing. 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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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


Play That Funky Music White Boy
Written by Rob Parissi (as Robert W. Parissi) (ASCAP)
Published by Sweet City Records Inc.
Performed by The UCLA Bruin Marching Band (as UCLA Marching Band)
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Colfer definitely outdid himself
24 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Struck By Lightning was perfect on all levels, I can't believe how much I related to Carson; he is definitely one of my new favourite fictional characters ever. As an aspiring author myself, this film was so inspiring for me in terms of writing, it's really made me want to get out there and achieve my goals and not end up in a terrible life that I don't like. This film, although with the unrealistic storyline, was still so realistic on so many levels and I think this will remain a lifelong favourite of mine. Chris is so talented on so many levels.

I cannot wait for this to be released on DVD in this country so I can keep it forever.

As a big fan of his television show, Glee, I immediately fell in love with Chris and his character there. I also, as well as Kurt Hummel, identify myself with Carson so much. I am so glad that I saw this film.

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