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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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John Whitesell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Durant ... Kevin Durant
Taylor Gray ... Brian
Jim Belushi ... Coach Amross (as James Belushi)
Brandon T. Jackson ... Alan
Larramie Doc Shaw ... Mitch
Tristin Mays ... Isabel
Robert Belushi ... Assistant Coach Dan
Spencer Daniels ... Connor
William Ragsdale ... Joe Newall
Hana Hayes ... Ashley Newell
Randall D. Cunningham Randall D. Cunningham ... W.O.W. Clan member #2
Andrea Frankle ... Math Teacher
Beau Brasseaux ... Drillers Basketball Player
Glen Warner Glen Warner ... Photographer
Brie Lybrand Brie Lybrand ... Isabel's Friend
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cross-Over See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team featured in the film contains 3 future NBA MVP players; Kevin Durant 2014 (OKC) Russell Westbrook 2017 (OKC) and James Harden 2018 (HOU). See more »

Goofs

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

Coach Amross: What are you doing in uniform?
Brian: I want to try out for the team again.
Coach Amross: Tryouts are over Billy.
Team: Ohhh!
Brian: My name's Brian
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Connections

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

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My Baby Likes To Rock It
Written by Prentis Goodwin
Performed by Prentis Goodwin
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'Thunderstruck' - Who's Got the Talent?
1 September 2012 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

We all love to root for the underdog, when he becomes top dog through a fluke rather than hard work, well, it's not so satisfying. Brian Newall, who magically acquires the talent of his hoops hero Kevin Durant (who plays himself), eventually finds he'd rather get the talent back to its rightful owner. There are plenty of laughs along the way, from Brian's klutzy ball-playing in the beginning to what KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Brianna Beaton, age 12, describes as her favorite scene, when Kevin's agent "is trying to get Kevin his talent back. He is doing all kinds of things, going from holding the basketball together with saying a message to rubbing the carpet and then finally to a stun gun." Brianna was there at the red carpet to interview cast members, including father and son actors James and Robert Belushi who share how they brought comedy from their own relationship to the script.

Thunderstruck Reviewed by Brianna Beaton (See her full review on video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkfvV7swlqE)

Thunderstruck, starring NBA superstar Kevin Durant, is a funny and inspirational film that is definitely enjoyable to watch.

Brian Newall (Taylor Gray) is horrible at basketball. He loves the game, but he just cannot play. Brian is a very big fan of NBA superstar Kevin Durant. While at a basketball game, Brian gets a chance to meet the superstar and supposedly steals Kevin's talent. Kevin Durant, playing himself, is suddenly horrible at basketball while Brian is the new superstar on his high school team. Kevin is worthless and is on the receiving end of all the bad publicity from fans and sports commentators. Kevin's agent, Alan Garrett, (Brandon T. Jackson) goes to great lengths to try and get Kevin his talent back.

I really like this film because I just love basketball. It is my favorite sport and I really get into the game. There are a lot of funny moments when Brian is playing with his team and he is showing how really klutzy he is. Coach Amross (James Belushi) and his assistant coach Dan (Robert Belushi) are too funny and will definitely keep you laughing. My favorite scene is when Alan is trying to get Kevin his talent back. He is doing all kinds of things, going from holding the basketball together with saying a message to rubbing the carpet and then finally to a stun gun. This is really funny. I also like the scene with Kevin's mom in a cheerleader's outfit.

One great message in this film is that talent isn't something you get; talent is something that you earn with hard work and dedication.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18 and anyone who loves the game of basketball. If you are a fan of Kevin Durant, then you will not want to miss this one.

I give Thunderstruck four out of five stars because it's funny, has a good message and is great for the whole family to enjoy.


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