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Struck by Lightning (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 January 2013 (USA)
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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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Brian Dannelly

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Chris Colfer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebel Wilson ... Malerie Baggs
Chris Colfer ... Carson Phillips
Allison Janney ... Sheryl Phillips
Scott Bailey ... Officer Murray
Donna Ann Ward Donna Ann Ward ... Officer #2 (as DonnaAnn Ward)
Amy Nabors Amy Nabors ... Reporter
Benjamin Byram Benjamin Byram ... Singer #1
Jonathan Byram ... Singer #2
Frank Noel Frank Noel ... Pastor
Luke Lewis Luke Lewis ... Youngest Carson
Jenny Herrick Jenny Herrick ... First Grade Teacher
Dermot Mulroney ... Neal Phillips
Polly Bergen ... Grandma
Adam Kolkin ... Young Carson
Jay Malone Jay Malone ... Algebra Teacher
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Storyline

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...

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Comedy | Drama

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USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Struck by Lightning See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,940, 13 January 2013

Gross USA:

$28,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,378
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lauren Lopez initially auditioned for the role of Remy Baker, but didn't get it. See more »

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

Quotes

[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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Insightful movie that addresses that High School is temporary
6 January 2013 | by bigbookwrm1See all my reviews

It is not a flawless film by any means, but few are. However it does address something that few movies about high school do; which is the dichotomy between students who live in the moment and think those years are the end all and be all, and those who see it as a finite time to get through for the longer (and hopefully better) future.

The main character's tragedy (among many) is not his ultimate fate but in that in seeking to get though the school years and not enjoying them (or what little there is to find happiness in) misses it, by being focused solely by getting out.

In contrast the other teenage characters (Rebel Wilson's being an exception) have blinders on; in terms of both acceptance of other people and of the existence of the larger world and that they will have to enter it and so forth.

Are there clichés? Yes, but high school students are much the same everywhere so that is an issue of reality and life and not the limitations of the screenwriter.

Are the scenes between Carson and the adults more compelling? Of course, but that is because adults by definition have more life experience (good and bad) to make them more intriguing.

Ultimately, the movie's flaws are minor compared to the whole. It is smart, dead on in observation (especially in regards to the parental and authority figures interaction with Carson and family dynamics), and the casting is brilliant, with one exception.

That would be Dylan McDermotte. Who, besides their mothers, can tell him apart from Dermut Mulroney?


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