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Thunderstruck (2012)

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When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan magically switches talents with his hero, basketball star Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team, while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot to save his life.

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A fun and energetic family basketball movie starring Kevin Durant AS HIMSELF, a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16 year old fan. When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan magically switches talents with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team...while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner involves working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero's season. Written by Warner Bros

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NBA superstar Kevin Durant has got game. His biggest fan has none. Things are about to switch!


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Rated PG for mild language and rude humor | See all certifications »

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This movie marks the first collaboration between Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr. Kerr, who plays an analyst in the film, would later go on to coach the NBA's Golden State Warriors, and would claim an NBA Championship after the 2015 season. The following year, the Warriors found themselves down three games to one to Durant's OKC Thunder in the Eastern Conference Finals, before Durant mysteriously disappeared, allowing the Warriors to rally to victory in three straight games, and found themselves back in the NBA Finals. Facing the Cavaliers once again, the Warriors lost in seven games, and went all out in recruiting Durant, as they were one of the worst shooting teams in NBA history, and only won 73 regular season games on the way to back to back Finals appearances. Durant dared to be great by leaving the Thunderstruck OKC team behind, announcing on the 4th of July that he would be taking his talents to Oakland. See more »

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At the end of the high school game, the two coaches do a chest bump. As the assistant coach falls away, his jacket lifts up in the back and the wireless microphone receiver is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Durant: Take this man. You'e gonna make this next shot.
Brian: This is an honour.
Kevin Durant: Thank you man I appreciate that.
Brian: I wish I had your talent.
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.40 (2016) See more »

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Written by Emmanual T. Duncan, Zachary Glaros
Performed by Envy
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Chix Chat on Film Review: Underwhelming basketball.
24 August 2012 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

Thunderstruck is yet another short guy's hoop dreams fairytale. Brian Newall (Taylor Gray) is a huge Kevin Durant fan much like me, so I was pleased with how the story focused on this amazing NBA player. I was totally pulling for the Thunder in the NBA playoffs, but alas it wasn't their time. Initially I figured that this was a Space Jam like film for this generation of young hoopsters to see a current fan favorite in a life situation other than simply on the court or I thought it might be a Like Mike kind of film. Unfortunately, it didn't have the charisma or heart of either of those two films. The funniest scenes are when Alan (Brandon T. Jackson) tries to fix "the situation" with all nature of high fives and fist pumps. But it's sad when you resort to ball on balls physical comedy for laughs. Again, I am a Kevin Durant fan and consider him one of the most talented ballers in the game today, but he and Candace Parker Williams have some serious work to do if they want to build an acting resume. It helped that Brandon T. Jackson and James Belushi (Coach Amross) are good actors but they did not make enough of a difference to balance out the poor acting. The only common factor with this film and Space Jam was Sir Charles Barkley in his current role as a TNT basketball commentator. He was as funny in this film as ever. I laughed audibly when he remarked that Shaq had been working with Kevin on his free throws. If you want to make a Space Jam or Like Mike type of movie it has to have magic, even though there was some inexplicable magic in this film it wasn't that game winning shot kind that leaves your exhilarated and satisfied with the final triumph. I did realize though that you have to have some basketball talent to make it appear that you have no basketball talent. If it were the beginning of summer and you wanted to get the kids out of the house then send them to this film for an hour and a half of peace, but since it isn't you are better off saving your dollars. This film was like a drawn out commercial for the NBA, Nike and Kevin Durant, unfortunately it was less memorable than his data plan commercial. You can see basketball on TV, you can see the TNT announcers on TV and you should really wait until this film comes to TV to see it. I give it a red light.


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